Spain police identify all 78 victims of train crash

27th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

Spanish police have finished identifying all 78 victims of the nation's deadliest train crash in decades, a court in the northern region of Galicia where the accident happened said Saturday.

"The three victims of the accident that still needed to be identified have been officiallly identified. One of them is a French man," the High Court of Galicia which is leading the investigation into the accident said in a statement.

"At the moment there is no family waiting for identification," it added.

The confirmation that a Frenchman was among the dead brings to eight the total number of foreigners killed in Wednesday's accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela.

A US citizen, an Algerian, a Mexican, a Brazilian, a Venezuelan, an Italian and a national of the Dominican Republic also died in the crash.

Seventy-one people remained in hospital, including 28 adults and three children who were in critical condition, regional health authorities said.

Police used DNA samples, dental records and fingerprints to identify the bodies.

Galicia police chief Jaime Iglesias said Friday that police were working with "mangled bodies", some of which where hard to recognise because of the injuries sustained.


© 2013 AFP

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