Calls for ‘justice’ on anniversary of Santiago rail disaster

The July 2013 Alvia train accident killed 80 people and injured 144

The victims' group puts the death toll at 81, because it links to the accident the death of one person who has not been included in the official victim count (Photo: EFE)

THE fourth anniversary of a railway accident in Galicia which killed 80 people and injured 144 was marked on Monday by a march through Santiago de Compostela by survivors and relatives. They are continuing to call for “truth and justice”, a phrase which they took as the theme of their demonstration.

At 8.40pm on July 25, 2013, an Alvia high-speed train travelling from Madrid to Ferrol carrying 214 passengers and four crew approached a bend about four kilometres outside Santiago de Compostela. The driver had failed to slow the train after a long straight stretch and took the bend at about twice the recommended maximum speed of 80 kph. The train derailed with four carriages overturning in Spain’s worst rail disaster for 40 years.

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