The Santiago de Compostela train crash took place on 24 July 2013, when a high-speed train travelling from Madrid to Ferrol in the north-west of Spain left its tracks at high speed on a curve, four kilometres outside Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Of the 222 people onboard around 140 were injured and 78 were killed. The train's data recorder registered a driver's statement that the train was travelling at over twice the posted speed limit of 80km/h when it entered a bend in the line. The crash was Spain's worst rail disaster in nearly 70 years, since the Torre del Bierzo crash in 1944.
Spain said on Friday it is reviewing its railway network to boost safety after a train derailed last month killing 79 people, the country’s deadliest train disaster in decades.
A Spanish train was hurtling around a curve at 179km/h, more than twice the speed limit, when it leapt off the tracks in a disaster that killed 79 people, a report on the contents of the "black box" recorders show.
The driver of the train that derailed in northern Spain last week, killing 79 people, was talking on the phone with state train operator Renfe at the time of the accident, a court said after analysing the train’s data recording device.
Spain was to hold a memorial service on Monday for the 79 people who died in the country’s worst rail disaster in decades, hours after the driver of the train was freed pending trial on charges of reckless homicide.
Spanish police have detained the driver of a speeding train that crashed in the nation's deadliest rail disaster in decades, accusing him of criminal recklessness.
The train flew off the tracks as it reportedly tore at twice the speed limit around the bend in northwest Spain. At least 78 passengers were killed in the nation's deadliest rail disaster in almost 70 years, while 95 remained in hospital, 36 in critical condition, among them four children.
A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, killing at least 78 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters.