Train driver can't explain why he crashed

2013-08-01 18:38
A picture taken on July 24, 2013 shows wounded train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo evacuated by two men after the train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela. (La Voz de Galicia -  Xoan A Soler, Monica Ferreiros/ AFP)

A picture taken on July 24, 2013 shows wounded train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo evacuated by two men after the train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela. (La Voz de Galicia - Xoan A Soler, Monica Ferreiros/ AFP)

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Spanish train driver was on the phone

2013-07-31 11:03

Court officials say the Spanish train's driver was speeding and on the phone when the train crashed, killing 79 people. Watch.WATCH

Madrid - A courtroom video shows the driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people, admitting he was travelling at twice the speed limit when he approached a treacherous turn - but saying he can't explain why.

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo says everything was "going fine" until the curve was upon him, and then thinking: "Oh my God, the curve, the curve, the curve, I won't make it."

Asked why he hadn't reduced speed, Garzon appears confused and says, "I can't explain it."

The edited video of Sunday night's court session in Santiago de Compostela, where the accident occurred, was released on Thursday by Spain's ABC newspaper.

Two court officials said the video appeared authentic. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because the video has not been officially released.

- AP
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