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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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Spanish train driver formally detained over crash

Spanish police have formally detained the driver of a train that crashed in northwestern Spain on Wednesday, killing 78 people.

Francisco Jose Garzon was detained in the hospital where he is recovering under police guard.

Francisco Jose Garzon was reportedly driving over the speed limit Credit: Facebook

Police said he would be questioned "as a suspect for a crime linked to the cause of the accident."

The driver cannot yet testify because of his medical condition, police added.

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