Jul 27, 2013 12:56 AM by AP, posted by Kirsten Bennett

Train driver a suspect in possible 'recklessness'

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) - Spanish police say they will question the driver in a deadly train derailment for possible "recklessness."

The driver, who's hospitalized with injuries from the crash, is being guarded by police and hasn't yet been interviewed. Police say the questioning might be delayed because of his injuries.

He was officially arrested late yesterday in the hospital where he's recovering.

Investigators have opened a probe into possible failings by the 52-year-old driver and by the train's internal speed-regulation systems.

The train was going far above the speed limit into a curve when it toppled over on Wednesday, killing 78 people.

But the railway company is defending the driver, saying he had an "exhaustive" understanding of the rail line. He's described as a 30-year employee of the state rail company who became an assistant driver in 2000 and a fully qualified driver in 2003. The company says he had driven trains past the site of the accident 60 times.

At the crash scene, crews have been using a crane to lift smashed and burned-up rail cars, loading them onto flat-bed rigs to cart them away. The shattered front engine sat just off the tracks, as passenger train services chugged close by.


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