Madrid - Investigators say the driver of a Spanish train
that crashed, killing 79 people, received three warnings to reduce speed in the
two minutes before the train hurtled off the tracks.
A court statement on Friday says the driver was talking
on the phone to a colleague, when he received the first automatic acoustic
warning in his cabin of a sharply reduced speed zone ahead.
The statement said police forensic tests on the train's
black box data recorders show the last warning came just 250m before a
dangerous curve, where the accident occurred last week in Santiago de
At that point, the train was going 195kph when the speed
limit was 80kph.
The train derailed at 179kph.