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Malaga – Sevilla train crash investigation opens

A COURT has started looking into the Malaga-Sevilla train derailment.

The Sevilla court has now received a police report and has asked Renfe and the Train Infrastructure Administration (Adif) to hand over the black box after 37 people were injured in the crash.

Sources say the court will ask Renfe and Adif for several reports about the train’s state before it derailed shortly after the line was reopened after flooding.  The judge is also expected to ask Renfe for information on, “the influence of the weather situation as well as the content of the black box that will indicate, among other data, the speed” at which the train was travelling.

Last week it was revealed a group of people injured when a train derailed between Malaga and Sevilla are planning to sue the department responsible.

A firm of lawyers are now hoping other victims will join the suit after four of the 37 people harmed in the accident are taking action against Adif.

Firm OsunaAbogados claims there was a “malfunction,” and, “bad performance” of the train because of heavy rainfall and that Adif has “administrative responsibilities” for the accident.  The lawyers say the train should have either stopped or be going very slowly due to the weather.

One lawyer claimed, “it seems that it should never have been agreed that the train would go down the track in the terrible conditions it was in or, if it did, it would have to be very slow. None of the measures was adopted. ”

In response to the legal action, Adif told one publication the Renfe tickets bought for the journey include passenger insurance.

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