Spanish Train Driver Charged With 79 Homicides, Released on Bail

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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.
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After the driver of the train that crashed in Spain last week told a judge he had been reckless when he allegedly took a curve at more than twice the 49 mph limit, the judge charged him with 79 counts of homicide for each of the people killed in the crash. The driver, Francisco Garzon, is out on bail after the judge, Luis Aláez, took his passport, prohibited from driving trains, and required him to check in with the court weekly. Spanish news media reported he said the train was traveling at about 120 mph, CNN reports. He's not considered a flight risk, and nobody involved in the case has asked that he go to jail pending his trial. If he's convicted, he'll surely face plenty of that.