July 26, 2013

Police lower death count in Spain crash to 78

Investigators, meanwhile, have taken possession of the 'black boxes' of the train, which hurtled at high speed along a curve and derailed on Wednesday.

The Associated Press

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — Police examining the remains of those killed in Spain's worst train crash in decades have lowered the death count from 80 people to 78 and said the count could change as they identify body parts and associate them with others.

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Relatives of the victims involved in Wednesday's train accident sobbed and hugged each other Thursday near a makeshift morgue in a sports arena in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on Thursday.

AP

Antonio de Amo of Spain's national police says the change has happened as forensic scientists have matched body parts with each other.

He told reporters Friday that 72 bodies have been identified so far and that six remain to be identified.

Investigators, meanwhile, have taken possession of the "black boxes" of the train, which hurtled at high-speed along a curve and derailed on Wednesday.

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