Spanish train derailed as pilot was on phone: court

Madrid: The driver of the train, which derailed and killed 79 people last week in Spain, was speaking on his phone when the accident occurred, a Spainsh court has found.

Investigators said that Francisco Jose Garzon, the train driver, received a call from the staff of the rail company Renfe to discuss the route he needed to follow, a news agency reported on Tuesday.

The driver has been accused of manslaughter caused by recklessness. Colleagues have described the 52-year-old Garzon as an experienced railwayman who had worked for Spain’s national rail company, Renfe, for around 30 years.

According to Renfe, there were 218 passengers and five railway staff on the train involved. It is Spain’s worst rail accident for more than 40 years.

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