Family: Houston Woman Injured in Spain Train Derailment Dies

By: KHOU/AP Email
By: KHOU/AP Email

The family of Myrta Fariza confirmed via Facebook that the woman injured in the train wreck in Spain last week has died.

“We have truly lost a wonderful person and heaven has gained an Angel. I can picture her sitting at our Lords feet praising his holy name,” the post on the Facebook page Hope for Myrta stated Sunday morning.

Fariza’s husband, Robert, said last week that his wife was in critical condition.

“She unfortunately, got really, really … she got hurt very bad. I mean her scalp was all like that flipped over, and she was bleeding out of her mouth and out of her ears,” he said. “She was conscious though.”

Officials said that 78 people were killed in the train derailment on Wednesday. The driver of the train, Francisco Jose Garzon, is in police custody on suspicion of negligent homicide.

The Associated Press reported that he is expected to give testimony to an investigating judge later Sunday, though he exercised his right to remain silent when police tried to interview him.

The train carrying 218 passenger in eight cars blazed far over the speed limit into a high-risk curve, tumbling off the tracks and slamming into a concrete wall, with some of the cars catching fire.

Authorities have pointed to speed as the culprit, and officials have said that the brakes should have been applied 2.5 miles before the train hit the curve.

Investigators must determine if Garzon failed to apply the brakes or whether it was a technical failure.

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