Spanish rail bosses charged over deadly derailment
MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish judge on Tuesday charged the president of the company in charge of Spain's rail infrastructure and his two predecessors in connection with a train derailment that killed 79 people in July.
The three men are among 30 current and former leaders of the company Adif, who were charged over "a serious lack of action" on security issues, under a judicial inquiry into the accident.
Current Adif president Gonzalo Ferre was summoned to appear before Judge Luis Alaez on Oct 10, and his predecessors Enrique Verdeguer and Antonia Gonzalez Martin on Dec 11, according to the court ruling.
The eight carriage train was hurtling around a bend at 179kmh, more than twice the speed limit, when it flew off the tracks near the north-western city of Santiago de Compostela on July 24, according to its data recording "black boxes".