Probe of Spain's deadly derailment focuses on train speed
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) - By all accounts, the train was going way too fast as it curled around a gentle bend. Then in an instant, one car tumbled off the track, followed by the rest of the locomotive, which seemed to come apart like a zipper being pulled.
The derailment sent pieces of the sleek train plowing across the ground in a ghastly jumble of smashed metal, dirt and smoke.
But a day after Spain suffered its deadliest rail disaster in decades - which killed 80 people and maimed scores of others - one question surpassed all others: Why was the train moving so fast?
Investigators opened a probe on Thursday into possible failings by the 52-year-old driver and the train's in-built speed-regulation systems.