Train Driver Arrested After Deadly Derailment

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (July 26, 2013)--Police have detained the driver of a train that derailed on a curve in northwestern Spain, killing 78 people, authorities said Friday.

Galicia region National Police Chief Jaime Iglesias said Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was officially detained in a hospital where is recovering from injuries suffered in the derailment.

Iglesias said Garzon Amo will be questioned "as a suspect for a crime linked to the cause of the accident."

He said the driver is under police guard, but cannot yet be questioned because of his medical condition.

Iglesias said he did not have details of Amo’s injuries, but said his condition could delay the questioning.

Investigators, meanwhile, have recovered the train's black boxes, which analysts will use to try to determine why the train was traveling far faster than the speed limit when it crashed near a station in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwestern Galicia.

Officials said Friday that 72 bodies have been identified so far and that six remain to be identified.


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