Driver was on the phone as train derailed

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The driver of a high-speed train in Spain that derailed, killing 79 passengers, was on the phone at the time of the accident, court documents have said.

Information released by the Court of Justice of Galicia said the train was travelling at 153 km/h at the time of the crash.

Data recorders recovered from the wreckage showed that in the lead up to the accident the train was travelling at 192 km/h.

Records also show that the brake was activated seconds before the train derailed.

Details published by the court yesterday (July 30) also cited audio stored on the black boxes that seems to suggest that Francisco Jose Garzon was on the phone to operator Renfe at the time of the derailment, discussing the route to Ferrol.

Further inspections of the train are now underway.

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