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Train driver said he wanted to die, rescuer says

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 - 01:24

July 29 - A man who helped rescue people after a train crash that killed 79 people in Spain, says train driver Francisco Garzon said he wanted to die. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Video footage shows an injured man, identified by Spanish media as train driver Francisco Jose Garzon. 79 people were killed when the train derailed. Now a witness recalls helping the driver that day -- when all he wanted was to die (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RESIDENT OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA WHO HELPED RESCUE TRAIN CRASH VICTIMS, EVARISTO IGLESIAS CASANOVA, SAYING: "I went to the front, where the train's windshield was, we couldn't see the driver or anything, then the police came and got him. Then another guy and I took over to where the injured people were. He said He wanted to die, he didn't want to see anything , it would be better if he had died. He didn't have other words. He kept saying he wanted to die, he wanted to die, he didn't want to see all this." Other train drivers are weighing in offering support. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LINO PINHEIRO, RENFE TRAIN DRIVER, SAYING: "You can't put yourself in the shoes of someone who has experienced this. It's terrible ... it's a catastrophe. He must be having an awful time as you can imagine. We are all very sad and we will try to give him encouragement so that he can be a person again because, as you can imagine, if that happens to someone they will drown for the rest of their life." Garzon has been charged with "79 counts of homicide and numerous offenses of bodily harm, all of them committed through professional recklessness."

Train driver said he wanted to die, rescuer says

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 - 01:24

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