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Death toll from Spain's train crash rises

Sunday - 7/28/2013, 1:58pm  ET

A passenger train passes the wreckage of a train in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27, 2013. Spain's interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz says the driver whose speeding train crashed, killing 78 people, is now being held on suspicion of negligent homicide. The Spanish train derailed at high speed Wednesday killing 78 and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
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HAROLD HECKLE
Associated Press

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) -- An official says the death toll from Spain's train derailment has risen to 79 after an injured passenger died in a hospital.

The spokeswoman from the regional government of Galicia told The Associated Press the death occurred Sunday.

A spokeswoman at the University Hospital complex in Santiago de Compostela confirmed the fatality, but did not identify the victim.

However, Spanish national broadcaster RTVE said the person was an American woman.

The train crashed Wednesday evening.

A local resident who rushed to the scene of the accident said in an interview published Sunday that minutes after the crash the driver said he had been going fast and couldn't brake.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.


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