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Spain train crash: Driver formally detained by police

Wounded train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is evacuated by two men after the train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Spanish police said on Friday, July 26, 2013, they have formally detained the driver
Wounded train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is evacuated by two men after the train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Spanish police said on Friday, July 26, 2013, they have formally detained the driver of a fast-moving train that flew off the tracks, killing dozens of people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
An injured man, identified by Spanish newspapers El Pais and El Mundo as the train driver Francisco Jose Garzon, is helped by a policeman after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, north-western Spain on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Spanish poli
An injured man, identified by Spanish newspapers El Pais and El Mundo as the train driver Francisco Jose Garzon, is helped by a policeman after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, north-western Spain on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Spanish police were investigating on Friday, July 26, 2013, if the driver of a train that crashed in Santiago de Compostela killing dozens had been driving at reckless speed when he took a tight curve. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (AFP) - Spanish police said on Friday they have formally detained the driver of a fast-moving train that flew off the tracks, killing dozens of people.

"He has been detained since 8pm (on Thursday). He is accused of crimes related to the accident," said Mr Jaime Iglesias, the chief of police in the northwestern region of Galicia where the accident happened.

The Spanish police have also lowered the death toll in train crash to 78, after media reports than at least 80 died.