Driver was on phone at time of Spain train crash

Santiago Train Crash Driver Attends Preliminary Court Hearing

Global News

WARNING: Raw footage of train crash. This video may be disturbing to some viewers

MADRID, Spain – The driver was on the phone with a colleague and apparently looking at a document as his train barrelled ahead at 95 mph (153 kph) – almost twice the speed limit. Suddenly, a notorious curve was upon him.

He hit the brakes too late.

The train, carrying 218 passengers in eight carriages, hurtled off the tracks and slammed into a concrete wall, killing 79 people.

On Tuesday, investigators looking into the crash announced their preliminary findings from analysis of the train’s data-recording “black boxes,” suggesting that human error appears to be the cause of Spain’s worst railway disaster in decades.

READ MORE: Spain police to study train ‘black box’ Tuesday

The derailment occurred near Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwestern Spain, late last Wednesday. Some 66 people injured in the crash are…

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