Police to question driver after fatal Spanish train crash
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (REUTERS) - The driver of a Spanish train that derailed, killing at least 80 people, was under police guard in hospital on Friday after the dramatic accident which an official source said was caused by excessive speed.
The eight-carriage train came off the tracks, hit a wall and caught fire just outside the pilgrimage destination Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain on Wednesday night. It was one of Europe's worst rail disasters.
The source had knowledge of the official investigation into a crash which brought misery to Santiago on Thursday, the day when it should have celebrated one of Europe's biggest Christian festivals.
With the festivities cancelled, hundreds of people went to the site of the wreck instead, where they watched cranes picking the mangled train carriages off the tracks.