Spanish train crash driver was 'on the phone at the time' - investigators say
Black box recorders have showed the train was almost twice the speed limit when it derailed
The driver of the Spanish train that derailed at 95 mph killing 79 people was on his phone at the time, investigators have said.
Black box data recorders showed that the train was almost twice the speed limit when it derailed.
Investigators said the train had been going up 119 mph shortly before the derailment and that the driver activated the brakes "seconds before the crash."
A Spanish court investigating the accident said he was talking on the phone to an official of national rail company Renfe when the crash happened and apparently was consulting a paper document at the time.
The driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, has been provisionally charged with multiple counts of negligent homicide.
Investigators from the Santiago de Compostela court, forensic police experts, the Ministry of Transport and Renfe examined the contents of the two black boxes recovered from the wrecked train. The investigation is continuing.
The train was carrying 218 passengers when it hurtled off the tracks last Wednesday evening. It slammed into a concrete wall, with some of the carriages catching fire. The Spanish rail agency has said the brakes should have been applied 2.5 miles before the train hit the curve.
Dozens of passengers are still being treated for injuries.
Belfast Telegraph Digital