Spain train crash investigation turns to driver, who was responsible for brakes

  • Article by: CIARAN GILES , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 4:54 PM

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — Investigations into Spain's deadliest train crash in decades have only begun, but already a key question has been answered: Experts said Friday that the driver, not a computer, was responsible for applying the brakes because no "fail-safe" system has been installed on the dangerous stretch of bending track.

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sooofedupJul. 25, 1311:03 AM

Trains don't "turn left" or right for that matter. They follow the "curve" of the tracks.

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drposterJul. 25, 1311:56 AM

How are they ruling out terrorism so quickly. If you watch the video, look in the upper left corner of the screen, it looks like there is someone up there throwing something down between the engine and first car.

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josflJul. 25, 1312:01 PM

As these tragic events in infrastructure seem to multiply internationally, how long before they hit the US? Or are we just used to it, as was the case with the 35E bridge? Bring on the investment in (national) infrastructure while interest rates are still low, and the benefit of jobs and recovery another plus.

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MickeyJul. 25, 13 4:15 PM

I hate to say it but anyone who isn't living under a mushroom can see that this train wreck is what Obama wants for America. Even DEMOCRAT senators have called Obamacare a train wreck. Remember only the democrats voted for this disaster of a bill. Klobachar, Franken, etc.

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comment229Jul. 26, 13 5:47 AM

Clearly the train was going too fast around the curve. The only unknown is simply whether it was mechanical failure or human error. Since both operators survived, we will find out soon enough.

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sooofedupJul. 26, 13 8:28 AM

drposter > So, someone throwing something down onto the train is going to make it go over twice the speed rating of the tracks?

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