King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain have visited the hospital in Santiago de Compostela where scores of people hurt in the country’s worst rail crash in decades are being treated.
Eighty people were killed in the disaster and 95 injured, some three dozen of whom are in a critical condition.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in the town, declared three days of national mourning.
The King told reporters at the hospital:
“All Spanish people join in the sorrow of the relatives of the deceased. We hope that those injured will recover gradually. Of course we wish to congratulate the volunteers, medical staff and blood donors for what they’ve done.”
The town’s hospitals have been overwhelmed and the Spanish government has sent medical specialists from Madrid.
Local hotels have laid on free rooms for victims’ families and friends.
A security camera filmed the crash; the shocking footage is bound to be instrumental in the inquiry.
Sources have told El Pais newspaper that the train was travelling at over twice the maximum speed allowed along that section of track.
One of the two drivers has been detained at the hospital where he’s being treated after being put under formal investigation.