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Spain train crash driver was talking to onboard ticket inspector

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A Spanish court has revealed that the driver of the train that derailed last week was talking on the phone to the onboard ticket inspector at the time of the crash.

The inspector, who did not initially report the conversation, has confirmed to Spanish newspaper El Pais that he called the driver to discuss which platform to take at the next station.

Asked by the judge last Sunday why he had not slowed down the driver replied:

“I can not find an explanation… I still don’t know how I couldn’t realise…Your honour, I don’t know what happened, I’m not crazy enough not to try to stop the train”

The driver has said he hung up the call just moments before the crash which killed 79 people and injured dozens more.

The train was travelling at 192kph in a 80kph zone when it derailed near the city of Santiago de Compostela.