Spain to review train speed limits, rail signs after deadly crash
Published Friday, August 9, 2013 7:13AM EDT
MADRID, Spain -- A senior official says Spain will review speed limits and security systems throughout its rail network to avoid a repeat of a train crash that killed 79 people last month.
Public Works Minister Ana Pastor told a parliamentary transport commission Friday that the government also proposes improving rail signs and introducing hands-free phone communication between drivers and the rail control centre.
A court investigating the disaster has said its preliminary findings show that the train that crashed July 24 was going at 195 kph on a stretch where the speed limit was 80 kph.
The driver had been talking on a company cellphone seconds before the train derailed.
The train derailed on a dangerous curve outside the northwestern pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela.