SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — A local resident of the town where a train derailed, killing 78 people, says the driver said minutes after the crash that he had been going fast and couldn't brake.
In a television interview broadcast Sunday afternoon by Antena 3, Evaristo Iglesias said he and another person accompanied Francisco Jose Garzon Amo to a stretch of flat ground where other injured people were being laid out, waiting for emergency services to arrive.
Iglesias says, "he told us that he wanted to die."
He adds that Garzon said he "had been going fast" and "he said he had needed to brake but couldn't."
Garzon is expected to give testimony to an investigating judge later Sunday.
MADRID (AP) - A Spanish court official says 77 people were killed when a passenger train derailed on a curvy stretch of track in northwestern Spain in what was one of the country's worst rail accidents in decades.
Maria Pardo Rios, spokeswoman for the Galicia region's main court, said Thursday that 73 people were found dead at the scene of the accident and four died at hospitals.
At least 140 people were injured in the derailment late Wednesday.