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Spain crash train had 'no technical problems', says state-run rail firm

Women react as relatives of victims of a train accident wait for news while gathering at an area where information will be released in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Women react as relatives of victims of a train accident wait for news while gathering at an area where information will be released in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Relatives of the victims of a train accident react outside the Cersia building, where they are attended to by psychologists from the Red Cross in Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Relatives of the victims of a train accident react outside the Cersia building, where they are attended to by psychologists from the Red Cross in Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Relatives of the victims of a train accident react outside the Cersia building, where they are attended to by psychologists from the Red Cross in Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Relatives of the victims of a train accident react outside the Cersia building, where they are attended to by psychologists from the Red Cross in Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rail personnel and firefighters inspect derailed cars at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Rail personnel and firefighters inspect derailed cars at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Rescuers check a derailed train car at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescuers check a derailed train car at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Derailed cars are removed as emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Derailed cars are removed as emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Derailed cars are removed as emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Derailed cars are removed as emergency personnel work at the site of a train accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
An aerial view shows the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
An aerial view shows the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
An aerial view shows the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
An aerial view shows the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, July 25, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Derailed cars are seen at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Derailed cars are seen at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Derailed cars are seen at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Derailed cars are seen at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - The train that derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 people, did not have "any technical problems" and had been inspected just hours earlier, the head of the state-owned Renfe railway company said on Thursday.

"What we know is that the train did not have any technical problems, the train had passed an inspection that same morning," Mr Julio Gomez-Pomar Rodriguez told Cadena Cope radio station after Wednesday's derailment, Spain's deadliest rail disaster in decades.