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Spain police identify all 78 victims of train crash

A man places a card on a makeshift candle and flower shrine outside the cathedral for the train crash victims in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A man places a card on a makeshift candle and flower shrine outside the cathedral for the train crash victims in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
A passenger train passes the wreckage of a train in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz says the driver whose speeding train crashed, killing 78 people, is now being held on suspicion
A passenger train passes the wreckage of a train in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz says the driver whose speeding train crashed, killing 78 people, is now being held on suspicion of negligent homicide. -- PHOTO: AP
Flowers sit on a bridge above the railway tracks at the spot of a train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Flowers sit on a bridge above the railway tracks at the spot of a train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People carry the coffin of medical student Laura Naveiras Ferreiro, one of the train crash victims, during her funeral at the San Pedro de Visma cementery in A Coruna, Spain, Saturday, July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People carry the coffin of medical student Laura Naveiras Ferreiro, one of the train crash victims, during her funeral at the San Pedro de Visma cementery in A Coruna, Spain, Saturday, July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People carry a coffin of a medical student, Laura Naveiras Ferreiro, one of the train crash victims, during her funeral at the San Pedro de Visma cementery in A Coruna, Spain, Saturday, July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People carry a coffin of a medical student, Laura Naveiras Ferreiro, one of the train crash victims, during her funeral at the San Pedro de Visma cementery in A Coruna, Spain, Saturday, July 27, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
 Rescuers, forensics and police officers work at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on July 25, 2013. Spanish police have finished identifying all 78 victims of the nation's deadliest train crash in decades, a c
 Rescuers, forensics and police officers work at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on July 25, 2013. Spanish police have finished identifying all 78 victims of the nation's deadliest train crash in decades, a court in the northern region of Galicia where the accident happened said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain / Galicia (AFP) - Spanish police have finished identifying all 78 victims of the nation's deadliest train crash in decades, a court in the northern region of Galicia where the accident happened said on Saturday.

"The three victims of the accident that still needed to be identified have been officiallly identified. One of them is a French man," the High Court of Galicia which is leading the investigation into the accident said in a statement.

"At the moment there is no family waiting for identification," it added.

The confirmation that a Frenchman was among the dead brings to eight the total number of foreigners killed in Wednesday's accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela.

A US citizen, an Algerian, a Mexican, a Brazilian, a Venezuelan, an Italian and a national of the Dominican Republic also died in the crash.

Seventy-one people remained in hospital, including 28 adults and three children who were in critical condition, regional health authorities said.

Police used DNA samples, dental records and fingerprints to identify the bodies.

Galicia police chief Jaime Iglesias said Friday that police were working with "mangled bodies", some of which were hard to recognise because of the injuries sustained.