26 Jul, 2013 @ 13:02
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UPDATE: Santiago de Compostela train driver admits responsibility

Francisco Jose Garzon e

THE driver of the derailed train was recorded yelling ‘I f***** up. I want to die’ as the all eight carriages came off the track – killing at least 80.

The on-board recording device reveals Garzon’s desperate pleas to the Alvia Trains control room as the magnitude of the smash dawned on him, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported.

‘I’ve derailed,’ he told the rail company’s nerve centre as the dust settled around the wreckage. ‘What do I do? What am I supposed to do? I f***** up. I want to die.’

Minutes after the crash – which also injured 141 people, he was photographed being helped from his train’s mangled remains by a medic, blood oozing from a wound on his head onto his blue uniform.

The transcripts of the recording was released hours after it was reported Garzon previously posted a picture on Facebook of a train speedometer at 125mph last year.

According to reports he also boasted about how fast he was going. The webpage has disappeared after images appeared on Spanish TV and newspaper websites.

Alongside the photo, which was published in March last year, he wrote: ‘What joy it would be to get level with the police and then go past them making their speed guns go off. Ha ha!.’



  1. Oh my God he did’nt set out to hurt and kill these people but thats what he did,on the one hand i have sympathy for him but i am not directly involved and its easy for me to i can only imagine what the relatives of the dead think. Whatever happens he will have to live with what he did.

  2. No sympathy at all from me clearly he’s just foolowing a tradition of the public “service” here and speeding.
    You never been over taken by a bus, coach or taxi while doing the speed limit?

    Now we learn that for trains it’s just the same.
    Very sad.

  3. How amazing that he responded as such. People in such a responsible position need to be regularly tested, helped and advised. He’s been doing the job for so long…I wonder if the public recognises the stress such people have to endure every moment of their work!
    One wonders about regulations overall!!

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