August 8th, 2013
05:14 AM ET

Spain: Rail chiefs quizzed over safety

Spanish rail chiefs are testifying on safety before lawmakers Thursday, two weeks after 79 people died and scores were injured in a horrific derailment in northwestern Spain.

Gonzalo Ferre Molto, president of state-owned rail infrastructure company Adif, and Julio Gomez-Pomar, president of state railroad company Renfe, are expected to detail what steps are being taken to improve future rail safety.

As of Thursday, 38 people remain in the hospital, six of them - all adults - in critical condition. No nationalities were given for those still hospitalized.

The July 24 derailment near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela shocked the nation.

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  1. Crystal

    This train conductor is to rail traffic what Costa Concordia's Francesco Schettino was to ocean traffic: A spoiled coddled inept mediterranean with no personal responsibility. If he were American, he'd vote democrat.

    August 8, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    Good post crystal,thank u

    August 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    This story contains no background of any conductor on any railroad. It does however speak of a "state owned" railroad. And the joke is really on the country of Spain, for most likely "philandering" the money for everything else but rail safety. And if per chance they were American they probably would vote republican.

    August 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Wow! @ Jeff Frank, that was a most awesome post! Lol (and the crowd roars) applause, applause! You now have a standing ovation 😉

    August 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Well @ Rascal, of course i am i've never disputed that lmao! Just kinda ironic that Jeff would make such a claim about republicans while having that big R-Ohio after his name doncha think? Lol now thats sooo crazy.

    August 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    Lets build things to go faster & faster? A tragedy YES! BUT, for me, those that have the technology to build these things should also have the ability for computers to constantly monitior everything on these trains. IF they sense that the train is going to fast THEY could slow it down, overriding the person in control. I tend to agree with JIF, except for the political part, that this was about the MONEY!

    August 10, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |