Friday, July 26, 2013

The driver: 'I want to die. I fucked up '

The engineer of the Alvia  train that crashed just outside Santiago de Compostela  killing 80 said he wanted to die.

The two black boxes from the train are yet to be investigated. However, from the transcripts of conversations between the driver and control, along with video footage, it is clear that the train was going too fast for the bend.

Although he has not been arrested as yet, the driver has been detained by the police pending a statement from him.

The question is, “why was an experienced driver travelling at such speed?” The answer might lie in the fact that the train was apparently late and I understand that RENFE policy is to repay the train fare to passengers when a train is overdue.

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