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mortonrchrd
How you gonna get down that hill
07:19 PM on 08/01/2013
Negligent homicide. 79 counts. No mercy!...Daydreaming does not excuse it.
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EuroRant1
ExPat - Living outside, Looking in
10:52 PM on 08/01/2013
Yes, I have to agree.
Mr Garzon will most likely receive the very harsh sentence of about 20 years perhaps less because he is already 52 yrs old. There is also a strong chance that he will lose half his pension from 30 years working with Renfe.

The tragedy of this accident has many people here still upset, many now feel that a maximum of 15 or 20 yrs will be very appropriate.
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mortonrchrd
How you gonna get down that hill
10:59 PM on 08/01/2013
Hardly seems harsh, to me. Perhaps his cellmates will communicate their opinion of the justness of the sentence?
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BigRigger
Highway Junkie, Million+ Miles, with Comments!
05:25 PM on 08/01/2013
Although the train was going faster for the corner then the speed was set, i think him shutting the engine down going into the corner and setting the breaks caused it. It maybe could have taken the corner without slowing down, but the sudden deceleration of the train with brakes, the train engine being the heaviest part slowed down first, but the push the cars behind it going into the curve with the side force, forced the the back of the engine go go off the tracks and start the derailment.
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08:02 PM on 08/01/2013
good point
08:11 PM on 08/01/2013
nice try . The dude screwed up . Sorry , there is a thing called " momentum " ..... 120 in a 50 will get you a little ( a lot ) of what occurred
happysunshine82
Intelligence beams.
09:17 PM on 08/01/2013
And yet you paid no attention to the fact that BigRigger made a legitimate point. It's not as simple as "going too fast" being the only physical mechanism that happened. The black box showed he tried to brake.
I think we're looking at a perfect storm of multiple issues - and I think we've essentially ruled out that he was a deliberate speed demon. The train was going fast, but as more details are revealed, it appears the man was going about his job. Being on the phone with the on-board ticket representative doesn't necessarily mean he was chatting about a soap opera....
ThinkCreeps
Seriously, it's time.
05:25 PM on 08/01/2013
Now who still thinks that criminalizing crash investigations is a good idea?

This interview should have happened over tea and biccies, and the results should have been inadmissible in any subsequent criminal investigation. That way, the investigators would now know what was going on.
MyrtleJune
STOP negotiating! End the American hostage crisis!
08:46 PM on 08/01/2013
I'm pretty sure they KNOW what is going on.
happysunshine82
Intelligence beams.
09:20 PM on 08/01/2013
Well, not really.

This is one of the reasons why some US states have a mandatory accident reporting requirement. People involved in a vehicle crash have 10 days to file a report with the state with detailed version of what they each believe happened. It can't be used in court, and it can't be accessed by third parties. The intent is for the state to gather data on how and why crashes occur. Completely separated from the insurance reporting process.

The other poster made a very legitimate point. If there's a threat of punishment, people aren't willing to disclose information.
ThinkCreeps
Seriously, it's time.
12:28 AM on 08/02/2013
They may well suspect what was going on, but without confirmation from the driver, owing to issues with self-incrimination, they're not going to be able to be certain. As a result it will be hard to understand the accident, and thus similar accidents are more likely to happen again. 
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05:02 PM on 08/01/2013
Huh. I can explain it. You were driving too fast while on your phone. Seems pretty simple to me.
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Daniel R Cobb
08:05 PM on 08/01/2013
Idiots.
04:35 PM on 08/01/2013
This 'Driver' who worked for some 30 years could not figure out when a curve was coming up he did not notice the speed his train was going at? Does he think the court is dumb? I guess so...
MyrtleJune
STOP negotiating! End the American hostage crisis!
08:47 PM on 08/01/2013
AND the person he was talking to on the phone, the on board ticket taker, did not know the train was going too fast either? Did the ticket taker die in the crash?
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CapSen
Empathy. The faculty to feel what the other feels.
09:09 PM on 08/01/2013
"The court said the inspector would testify Friday as a witness."

It's in ze article :)
happysunshine82
Intelligence beams.
09:22 PM on 08/01/2013
You have NO idea what they were discussing. The ticket taker may have been screaming "You're going too fast, idiota!!"

People really need to get over this penchant for immediately believing everyone is complicit and guilty of being evil in every situation....
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01:46 AM on 08/02/2013
I bet at least one time you arrived at work from your usual drive to work and had the thought "Gosh, I just don't even remember parts of my trip to work today" as routine generally produces this kind of thought over time in all of us. We daydream, think about what is ahead for us in the day, think about our kids or our sick parents or the argument we just had with our spouse or in some people's case are talking on the phone and literally miss the surroundings. That is likely what happened when he passed that point of no return miles before he hit the brakes. Luckily for most of us we are not driving an huge semi fully loaded when we suddenly come to and have t react...but the fact is, likely most rear end MVA's are caused by this very thing...and are tickets with the "inattentive driving" ticket.
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authorized-user
Made in the USA
04:26 PM on 08/01/2013
Driving that train, high on cocaine,
Casey jones is ready, watch your speed.
Trouble ahead, trouble behind,
And you know that notion just crossed my mind.

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mortonrchrd
How you gonna get down that hill
07:47 PM on 08/01/2013
So that's the lyric! I always thought it was Casey Jones ya better, watch yo speed!
Boo2You2
Hatefulness is not a virtue
10:25 PM on 08/01/2013
"Drivin' that train
High on cocaine
Casey Jones you better
watch your speed
Trouble ahead
Trouble behind
and you know that notion
just crossed my mind"