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Witness: Spain Train Driver Said He Went Fast

Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 08:54 AM

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — A local resident of the town where a train derailed, killing 78 people, says the driver said minutes after the crash that he had been going fast and couldn't brake.

In a television interview broadcast Sunday afternoon by Antena 3, Evaristo Iglesias said he and another person accompanied Francisco Jose Garzon Amo to a stretch of flat ground where other injured people were being laid out, waiting for emergency services to arrive.

Iglesias says, "he told us that he wanted to die."

He adds that Garzon said he "had been going fast" and "he said he had needed to brake but couldn't."

Garzon is expected to give testimony to an investigating judge later Sunday.

Authorities say forensic experts have identified the last three bodies of 78 people who were killed when a Spanish train derailed at high speed.

They did not reveal the names of the dead, but said Sunday that all of the families had been notified. They say survivors and relatives can pick up personal things left behind by victims.

The train derailed and slammed into a concrete wall, with some of the cars catching fire. The train sliced through electricity pylons.

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