Driver admits breaking limit

The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people, has admitted he was traveling at twice the speed limit when he approached the treacherous turn.

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Driver of derailed train admits breaking speed limit

The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people, has admitted he was traveling at twice the speed limit when he approached the treacherous turn.

Addressing a Spanish judge Francisco Jose Garzon Amo said: "I can't explain it. I still don't understand how I didn't see... mentally, or whatever. I just don't know."

He added the journey was "going fine" until he hit the curve, and then he said: "Oh my God, the curve, the curve, the curve. I won't make it."

Garzon is pictured at the bottom of the photo, in sunglasses with his hands raised. Credit: ABC

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Spain's PM and royal family attend train crash service

An official memorial service was held at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Monday evening in tribute to the victims of last week's horrific train derailment tragedy.

The Spanish royal family and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attended to pay their respects to those who died in what is Spain's worst train crash since 1972 when a train collided with a bus, killing 86 and injuring 112.

Spanish train driver 'not required to post bail'

The driver of a Spanish train that derailed at high speed killing 79 people has been provisionally charged with multiple cases of negligent homicide.

A court statement issued late on Sunday said investigative magistrate Luis Alaez released Francisco Jose Garzon without bail.

Francisco Jose Garzon was taken into custody after being treated in hospital following Wednesday's horror crash. Credit: Reuters/Oscar Corral

The statement says Garzon must appear before court once a week and is forbidden to leave Spain without permission.

Garzon was not sent to jail or required to post bail because none of the parties involved felt there was a risk of him fleeing or attempting to destroy evidence, the statement said. It said the train driver's licence had also been withdrawn.

Spanish train driver charged with reckless homicide

The driver of the train that crashed in Spain has been released from police custody after being provisionally charged with 79 counts of reckless homicide.

Examining Magistrate Luis Alaez formally charged Garzon with "79 counts of homicide and numerous offences of bodily harm, all of them committed through professional recklessness," the court said in a statement.

He was later seen leaving court this evening.

Report: Spanish driver freed after being charged

The driver of the wrecked train in Spain has been charged with recklessness in relation to the crash in Santiago but freed after being questioned by a judge for two hours, the Spanish media has reported.

Francisco Jose Garzon has had his passport confiscated and is required to appear in court on a weekly basis, El Mundo reported. He also has been reportedly suspended from driving trains.

The newspaper said Garzon earlier read a statement to the court in Santiago.

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US citizen becomes 79th victim of Spanish train crash

The arrival in court of the driver of the wrecked Spanish high-speed train came hours after a 79th person was confirmed to have been killed as a result of the crash.

Myrta Lasalle Fariza, 58, from Houston, Texas, died as a result of the head injuries she suffered in Wednesday's derailment.

The Puerto Rican native was the second American citizen to have died in the accident.

Spanish train driver arrived at court in police car

A police car containing the 52-year-old driver arrived at the court in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain. Credit: REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Francisco Jose Garzon Garzon has been taken to court to appear before a judge for questioning over his role as the driver in the high speed train crash in Spain.

Officials are trying to determine to what degree he was culpable for the deaths of 79 people in the accident near Santiago de Compostela.

Train driver arrives to testify at Spanish court

Francisco Jose Garzon was taken into custody after being treated in hospital following Wednesday's horror crash. Credit: REUTERS/Oscar Corral

The driver of the train that crashed and killed 79 people in Spain has reportedly arrived in court in Santiago to appear before a judge.

Francisco Jose Garzon was detained on suspicion of reckless homicide yesterday after being discharged from hospital.

Garzon arrived at 6:19pm local time to testify about the accident, according to the Spanish press.

El Mundo showed a photo of the handcuffed driver in a striped blue shirt and jeans as he was driven to the court as part of a convoy of police vehicles.

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