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Saturday May 10, 2014

Spain to Interrogate 11 Rail Execs Over Deadly Train Accident

Spain to Interrogate 11 Rail Execs Over Deadly Train Accident

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Eleven former executives of the Adif state-owned railway administrator have been called to testify as suspects in the July 2013 high-speed train crash in northwestern Spain that killed 79 people and left 150 others injured, judicial sources told Efe Friday.

The investigating judge will question them to determine if additional safety measures were needed at the curve where the derailment occurred.

Judge Luis Alaez had called Adif executives as suspects last year. A higher court overturned the decision but left the door open for him to continue probing whether safety measures were inadequate.

The driver of the train, Francisco Jose Garzon, who has admitted it was moving at double the 80 kph (49 mph) speed limit around the curve, was charged last year with 79 counts of negligent homicide.

The July 24, 2013, crash on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela was the second-deadliest rail accident in Spain’s history.

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