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Spanish judge charges Adif employees in July train derailment

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A Spanish judge said he has charged the leader of the country's railway infrastructure and his two predecessors in a train derailment that killed 79 people.

The men, current and former employees of Adif, were charged with serious lack of action following a judicial inquiry, The Local.es reported.

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Adif President Gonzalo Ferre has been summoned to appear before Judge Luis Alaez Oct. 10.

His predecessors, Enrique Verdeguer and Antonia Gonzalez Martin will appear Dec. 11.

The train was coming around a bend at 111 mph, more than twice the speed limit, when it came off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela July 24.

The driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, was on his cellphone before the crash. He has been charged with 79 counts of reckless homicide.

Alaez said the tracks should have had an automatic braking system in place to prevent the accident.

Adif and Renfe, the state company that runs the trains, have denied wrongdoing or technical failings.

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