Driver 'knew he should cut speed before tragedy'

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24 August 2006, MADRID — The driver whose train crashed killing six people did receive a warning to reduce speed, according to a technical report published on Thursday.

24 August 2006

MADRID — The driver whose train crashed killing six people did receive a warning to reduce speed, according to a technical report published on Thursday.

The development ministry report said the 'black box' recorder showed the driver pressed a button acknowledging he had received a warning to reduce the speed of the train moments before the crash.

It added: "The train was going at 125kmh along the diverted track when the speed limit for this area was 30kmh".

The driver, who has not been named, was said to have told police he had not been told to change route as the train approached the station so he kept his speed at 100kmh.

The investigators said "so far we have not had any indication that there were technical faults in the train or the infrastructure".

The driver has undergone drugs and alcohol tests which have proved negative.

Six people were killed and 36 injured when the intercity train ran off the tracks at a station in Villada, a town about 30 kilometres from Palencia, on Monday.

It appeared the second carriage collided with a pillar as it passed over a bridge coming into the station and the train careered off the tracks.

The train had been on its way from Coruna and Vigo to Bilbao and the French border, said sources at RENFE.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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