Footage has emerged of the horrific train crash in Spain which killed at least 80 people and injured over 178. The train derailed while going around a hard turn and crashed into the wall running alongside the train tracks. Thirty-six of the injured, including four children, are in critical condition.
As becomes clear even from these few seconds of footage, the train was going much too fast for that turn. Indeed, just before the crash, the train was going 118 miles per hour on a curve with a speed limit of 49 mph. Answers about what was going on may eventually come from the driver of the train, who survived the crash.
Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that the driver had called out on his radio while trapped in his cab: "We're human! We're human," he shouted. "I hope there are no fatalities because they will fall on my conscience," he said, according to the newspaper’s source. The train driver is under formal investigation.
Spain has declared three days of mourning over the crash, Europe’s worst in the last twenty-five years. Whether this crash will reveal a systemic problem or if it was just the result of a horrible mistake by one person will hopefully come to light over time. Even one human error should be considered at least partly a systemic problem, because a system should not allow for one person’s mistake to have such tragic repercussions.
We will provide updates on the Spanish train crash story as more information becomes available.