The black boxes from the wreckage of the train which crashed in Spain last week have arrived in court.
They should provide insight into any technical, mechanical or human errors which led the train to derail at high speed near Santiago de Compostela killing 79 people.
The driver, Francisco Garzon faces multiple counts of negligent homicide. The case focuses on his failure to brake as the train entered a difficult curve at high-speed. In court he admitted he had been driving too fast and was momentarily distracted.
Train services have returned to normal, for those travelling past the crash site, the feeling is anything but.
“Well, when we pass by it, it will be normal to feel something strange in my body, but life goes on,” said one passenger.
It’s a tense moment as passengers pass the fatal curve in the line that derailed the same type of train almost one week ago. Some even take photos of the site.
The rail company, Renfe have announced they have launched checks across the board as a measure of precaution after the worst train crash in Spain in decades.
The train that derailed near Santiago de Compostella was a Series 730 model, one of the most modern in Spanish rail company RENFE’s fleet. They have been in service since June 2012.
The S730 is part of the Alvia service, on which trains run at speeds over 200km/h. It was built by a consortium of Spanish intercity passenger train maker Talgo and the train division of the Canadian company Bombardier.
The S730 has hybrid propulsion, being equipped with both electrical and diesel power. The train can reach 250km/h in electrical mode, and 180km/h using its diesel engine.
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