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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, July 29, 2013--Myrta Fariza, age 58, one of the two Americans involved in the train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, died yesterday as a result of injuries she sustained during the crash.
Fariza and her husband were reportedly on their way to a Catholic festival on board an express passenger service train which was traveling from Madrid to Ferrol. Her husband was treated at a local hospital and released.
The driver of the train, Francisco Jose Garzon, has been charged with 79 counts of Homicide by Professional Recklessness, and multiple counts of Causing Injury by Professional Recklessness. Garzon’s license to operate a train has also been suspended. Reports have estimated Garzon was traveling well over the speed limit when he rounded the corner where the train crashed. The train derailed and several cars flipped.
To date, 80 people have been confirmed dead, and this number continues to rise. Over 100 other passengers were injured in the crash.
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