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Spain mourns train crash victims in official Mass

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 00:52

July 29 - Spanish dignitaries are among mourners who offer condolences to families of victims of a train crash that killed 79 in Spain. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Mourners packed a memorial service on Monday for the 79 people who died in the country's worst rail disaster in decades, as investigators prepared to analyze information from the train's data recording device, or "black box." The driver of the train, 52-year-old Francisco Garzon, has been charged with 79 counts of negligent homicide and released pending trial after a judge determined he was not a flight risk. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Prince Felipe were among mourners at Monday's mass in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, site of a religious shrine in northwestern Spain where the high-speed train derailed after going through a tight curve too fast. Investigators would begin analyzing data from the train's data recording device on Tuesday, trying to discover how Garzon exceeded speed limits despite a control system meant to force him to slow down, a court source told Reuters. Prince Felipe, his wife Letizia, the Infanta Elena, Rajoy, members of the cabinet and regional leaders stood near the front of the cathedral alongside many of the victims' families and members of the emergency services. Dozens of well-wishers gathered at the back of the cathedral and in the Plaza del Obradoiro outside. After the service, Felipe, the Archbishop and political leaders passed amongst the mourners and offered individual condolences to the victims' families. Sixty-nine people remained in hospital on Monday, with 22 in critical condition.

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Spain mourns train crash victims in official Mass

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 00:52