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Spanish Train Operator May Face Charges, Second American Dies

MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images(SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain) -- The driver of the train involved in last Wednesday’s deadly derailment in Spain may face multiple counts of reckless homicide, but has not yet been charged.

Driver Francisco Jose Garzon was released without bail after a court appearance in Santiago de Compostela on Sunday and barred from leaving Spain without permission.

The death toll rose to 79 on Sunday with the death of a second American passenger.  Myrta Fariza of Houston died at University Hospital in Santiago de Compostela.  Fariza, 58, had just attended her daughter’s wedding in Rome and was traveling in Spain with her husband, Robert, who was only slightly injured.

A post on the Fariza family’s Facebook page, Hope for Myrta, reads, “We have truly lost a wonderful person and heaven has gained an angel.”

Officials said 70 people injured in the accident remain hospitalized, 22 of them in critical condition.

The derailment was Spain's deadliest train disaster in 40 years.

Investigators are still trying to determine if there was a technical failure or if Garzon failed to apply the brakes.

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