Train driver warned 3 times

2013-08-02 22:32
Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is helped by two men as he is evacuated from the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (La Voz de Galicia, Xoan Soler/ AP)

Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is helped by two men as he is evacuated from the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (La Voz de Galicia, Xoan Soler/ AP)

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Madrid - Investigators say the driver of a Spanish train that crashed, killing 79 people, received three warnings to reduce speed in the two minutes before the train hurtled off the tracks.

A court statement on Friday says the driver was talking on the phone to a colleague, when he received the first automatic acoustic warning in his cabin of a sharply reduced speed zone ahead.

The statement said police forensic tests on the train's black box data recorders show the last warning came just 250m before a dangerous curve, where the accident occurred last week in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

At that point, the train was going 195kph when the speed limit was 80kph.

The train derailed at 179kph.

- AP
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