Spanish police seek employee on phone with train driver at time of deadly crash

Spanish investigators are trying to identify an employee of the Renfe state rail company who was on the phone to a driver at the moment his train crashed last week, killing 79 people in the country's worst rail accident in decades.

A court spokeswoman said Wednesday the employee called driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo some two minutes before the train barreled into a high-risk curve at almost twice the speed limit, causing it to derail and slam into a wall and track embankments.

She said the call had not ended when the accident occurred.

A Renfe spokeswoman said phone contact between drivers and control centers is not unusual but not recommended if it poses a risk.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with their workplace regulations.