Train Derailment Kills at Least 80 in Spain

Train was speeding moments before it derailed

 

 
 
 

HERNAN MUNOZ and PANAGIOTIS MOUZAKIS, Associated Press | | Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Images: High-Speed Train Derails in Spain

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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of video images shows that a Spanish train was traveling well above the speed limit when it derailed, killing 80 people.

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Officials say the speed limit on that section of track is 80 kph (50 mph).

An estimate of the train's speed at the moment of impact using the frame rate of the video and the estimated distance between two pylons gives a range of 144-192 kph (89-119 mph). Another estimate calculated on the basis of the typical distance between railroad ties gives a range of 156-182 kph (96-112 mph).

The figures supported experts' assessment that the train appeared in the video to be moving well above the speed limit when it crashed Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said Thursday that 80 people died.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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Images: High-Speed Train Derails in Spain

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Crash Surveillence

This image taken from security camera video shows a train derailing in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Spanish investigators tried to determine Thursday why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other just before arriving in this northwestern shrine city on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 77 people and injuring more than 140. AP Photo


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Derailed Train

In this photo taken on Wednesday July 24 2013, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Monica Ferreiros


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Bridge Over Trouble

Emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. AP Photo/ Lalo Villar


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Among the Victims

In this photo taken on Wednesday July 24 2013, victims are seen at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Spanish police on Friday July 26 2013 detained the driver of a train that crashed in northwestern Spain, lowered the death toll from 80 to 78 and took possession of the "black box" of the train expected to shed light on why it was going faster than the speed limit on the curve where it derailed. And in an interview with The Associated Press, an American passenger injured on the train said he saw on a TV monitor screen inside his car that the train was traveling 194 kph (121 mph) seconds before the crash — far above the 80 kph (50 mph) speed limit on the curve where it derailed. AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Monica Ferreiros


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Gaining Axe-cess

A firefighter uses an axe to open way inside a train car at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. AP Photo/Lalo Villar


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Bloodied Driver

In this photo taken on Wednesday July 24 2013, train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is helped by two men as he is evacuated from the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Police say they have detained Amo for recklessness in the train crash in northwestern Spain that killed 78 people. Galicia region National Police Chief Jaime Iglesias says Amo was officially detained in the hospital where is recovering. AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Xoan Soler


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The Walking Wounded

In this photo taken on Wednesday July 24 2013, wounded people are evacuated at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Monica Ferreiros


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Couple Counseling

A couple comfort each other outside a makeshift morgue in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Friday July 26, 2013. AP Photo/Brais Lorenzo


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Relative Reaction

Relatives of the victims involved in Wednesday's train accident react at a victims information point in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. AP Photo/ Salome Montes


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Moment of Grief

Relatives of victims involved in a train accident react at a victims information point in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday July 25, 2013. Relatives of victims from a train crash in northwestern Spain sobbed and hugged each other Thursday near a makeshift morgue in a sports arena for the victims as the death toll rose to 78 and investigators tried to determine the cause. AP Photo/Brais Lorenzo


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Recovering Missionary

This Thursday, July 25, 2013 photo provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shows young Mormon missionary from Utah, Stephen Ward, 18, hospitalized. Ward was among the survivors of the Spain train crash that left 80 dead. AP Photo/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Scott Jackson


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Up and Away

Derailed cars are removed as emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. AP Photo/ Lalo Villar


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Removing Cars

Derailed cars are removed as emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday July 25, 2013. The death toll in a passenger train crash in northwestern Spain rose to more than 70 on Thursday after the train jumped the tracks on a curvy stretch just before arriving in the northwestern shrine city of Santiago de Compostela, a judicial official said. AP Photo/Lalo Villar


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Wreck Investigation

Police and security officers look at a wrecked carriage in a train depot in Padron, near Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Friday July 26, 2013 after it was taken there from the scene of a train accident. Investigators have taken possession of the “black boxes” of the Spanish train that hurtled at high-speed along a curve and derailed, killing 80 people, a court official said Friday. Analysis will be performed to determine why the train was traveling far above the speed limit when it crashed near a station in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwestern Galicia region, said court spokeswoman Maria Pardo Rios. AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar


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Wrecked Carriages

Wrecked carriages sit at a train depot in Padron, near Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Friday July 26, 2013 after they were taken there from the scene of a train accident. AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar


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Candle for Victims

A woman places a candle on the outside of the cathedral for the victims of the train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Friday July 26, 2013. AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar


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Back in Action

A passenger 'Alvia' type train pulls into the station in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Friday July 26, 2013. The 'Alvia' train, the same as the one that crashed Wednesday, is the first to operate on this line after the accident. Investigators have taken possession of the “black boxes” of the Spain train that hurtled at high-speed along a curve and derailed, killing about 80 people, a court official said Friday. Analysis will be performed to determine why the train was traveling far above the speed limit when it crashed near a station in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwestern Galicia region, said court spokeswoman Maria Pardo Rios. AP Photo/Brais Lorenzo



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