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Deadly train crash in Spain caught on video.

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What is being called the worst train crash in history, a commuter train in Spain was caught on video crashing into a concrete wall as it rounded a sharp corner at too high a speed.  The high-speed train crashed on a curve in northwestern Spain between Madrid and Ferro on July 24, 2013.  Seventy-nine passengers were killed in the accident (218 passengers were aboard the train when it crashed). The remaining passengers were all injured.

It was later learned that the train was travelling at a speed of 118 MPH (190 km/h) on a stretch of track that has a speed limit of 49 MPH (80 km/h).  Al 13 carriages were derailed with four of the thirteen overturned. The first to arrive on the scene said:

“There are bodies lying on the railway track. It’s a Dante-esque scene.”

The bend where the accident happened was the first curve reached by a Santiago-bound train coming from Ourense after an 80-kilometre (50 mi) stretch of high-speed track which is limited to 200 km/h (124 mph). Normally computer systems automatically slow the train if it is breaking the speed limit. However, this section of track was shared with low-speed trains and had no such system in place.

On 28 July 2013, the train’s driver, Francisco José Garzón Amo, was charged with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and an undetermined number of counts of causing injury by professional recklessness. Court investigators said that the driver was speaking on the telephone to staff at Renfe about the route to Ferrol, and consulting a map or document, shortly before the brakes were activated and that he did apply the brakes, but not in time to achieve the safe speed limit for the curve. He was sentenced to four years in jail.

Check out the video of the deadly train crash below.

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