Spain Train Operator Charged With Homicide

    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN - JULY 28:  Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 53, is taken in a police car from Police Station to the Preliminary Court on July 28, 2013 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The high speed train crashed after it derailed on a bend as it approached the north-western Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela at 8:40pm on July 24th. At least 78 people have died and a further 131 are reported injured. The crash occured on the eve of the Santiago de Compostela Festivities. The train driver, Garzon Amo, has been formally accused of reckless homicide and remains in custody awaiting an appearance in court.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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    Spanish authorities have charged the train operator who was at the helm when a high-speed passenger train derailed in northwestern Spain and killed dozens of people. Francisco Jose Garzon is facing 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and must report to court weekly to check in. Garzon's train license was suspended, and his passport was confiscated. Investigators are focusing on how fast the train was traveling when it hit a curve near Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening and derailed. The death toll may rise, as 70 people remained in the hospital following the crash, and 22 of them were listed in serious condition.


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