Rail employees suspects in Spain train crash

2013-09-11 08:01
A bridge above the railway tracks at the spot of a train crash in Spain. (File, AP)

A bridge above the railway tracks at the spot of a train crash in Spain. (File, AP) (AP)

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Madrid - A judge investigating one of Spain's worst train crashes, which killed 79 people, on Tuesday named five employees of the rail infrastructure company Adif as suspects in the case.

The high-speed train derailed on a bend near Santiago de Compostela on 24 July. About 170 people were injured.

Judge Luis Alaez issued indictments against five Adif employees with responsibility for safety on the stretch where the accident took place.

He asked Adif to identify chairmen and board members who have been in office since that part of the track was inaugurated - with a view to naming them as suspects as well.

The judge had already said he intended to take action against Adif, but had not identified individuals.

Engine driver Francisco Jose Garzon has also been named as a suspect, and indicted over the deaths. He has admitted to driving the train at more than twice the speed limit of 80km/h.

The national rail company Renfe will not be indicted.

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