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Driver in Spanish train derailment provisionally charged

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — The driver of a Spanish train that derailed at high speed killing 79 people has been provisionally charged with multiple cases of negligent homicide.

A court statement issued late Sunday said investigative magistrate Luis Alaez released Francisco Jose Garzon Amo without bail.

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The statement says Garzon must appear before court once a week and is forbidden to leave Spain without permission.

Garzon was driving the train carrying 218 passenger in eight cars that hurtled far over the 80-kph (50-mph) speed limit into a high-risk curve on Wednesday evening, tumbling off the tracks and slamming into a concrete wall.

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