"He has been detained since 8:00 pm (Thursday). He is accused of crimes related to the accident," Jaime Iglesias, the police chief in the northwestern region of Galicia where the accident happened, said.

Asked at a news conference in Santiago de Compostela why the driver was being detained, Iglesias said, "For recklessness."

A Spanish judge had on Thursday ordered police to question the hospitalized driver following reports he was going twice the speed limit when the train derailed on a sharp bend on Wednesday evening just outside the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela.

The driver -- identified by local media as 52-year-old Francisco Jose Garzon Amo -- has since been under police surveillance in hospital while being treated for light injuries sustained in the accident.

He has not yet been charged with a crime and police are still waiting to question him.


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