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80 Dead In Spain As Train Jumps Tracks

7/26/13 UPDATE:

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) - Investigators have taken possession of the "black boxes" of the Spain train that hurtled at high-speed along a curve and derailed, killing 80 people.

Court spokeswoman Maria Pardo Rios said Friday that police had the boxes but declined comment on how long analysis will take to determine why the train was speeding above the limit when it crashed. She says the train operator is still hospitalized and will be questioned by police but that the interview will not happen Friday.

The crash Wednesday was Spain's deadliest rail disaster in decades.

By Friday, all but seven victims had been identified in a makeshift morgue in Santiago de Compostela where the train crashed.

7/25/13

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA,

Spain (AP) - Spanish investigators are trying to determine what caused a passenger train to jump the tracks just before arriving in the northwestern shrine city of Santiago de Compostela yesterday.

The accident happened on the eve of a major religious festival that attracts tens of thousands of Christians from around the world every year.

Spain's Interior Ministry says the possibility that the derailment was caused by a terrorist attack has been ruled out.

The death toll rose to at least 77 overnight as rescue workers searched through smashed cars alongside the tracks, and officials say it could go higher. More than 140 people were injured.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who was born in Santiago de Compostela, is visiting the crash scene today. Officials in the city have canceled ceremonies for the religious festival today.

Photo: Miguel Vidal/Reuters

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