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    Reports: Spain train crash driver boasted about speed

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    UNDATED (USA TODAY) -- The man named in Spanish media as the driver of the train that crashed Wednesday in Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 78 passengers, boasted in a post on Facebook last year that his train was traveling so fast that he was in danger in getting a fine.

    Local media in Spain, including the El Pais newspaper, reported that Francisco José Garzón Amo wrote in 2012: "I can't go any faster or they'll give me a fine." A speedometer with the needle stuck at 125 miles per hour was also posted on Facebook, the reports said.

    El Pais reported that Garzón's Facebook profile was deleted on Thursday morning, but a profile belonging to someone with the same name and showing a picture of the speedometer was still able to be viewed on the social network on Friday morning. It was not clear if the account was genuine, however. A photo was being carried on The Guardian's website. That picture could also not be verified.

    Investigators in Spain have now taken possession of the "black boxes" of the train that hurtled at high-speed along a curve and derailed, the Associated Press reported. The AP also reported that the number of killed in the crash has now been revised down to 78 from 80.

    The driver is now a focus of the investigation into Spain's worst train disaster in decades and police there said that he would be questioned "as a suspect for a crime linked to the cause of the accident."

     

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