TRAGEDY IN GALICIA

Socialists pledge not to muddy political waters over Santiago train crash

Plural Left, Galician regional party want investigative committee

The Socialist Party will not hold the government accountable for the train crash of July 24th near Santiago de Compostela, which killed 79 passengers and wounded dozens more.

The fact that millions of Spaniards and foreigners are using train services over the summer holidays and the Spanish railroad industry’s good international standing are two factors that made Socialist leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba refrain from accusing the ruling Popular Party of failures or shortcomings.

The main opposition party will, however, request changes in the protocol to be followed by train drivers, as well as a technological upgrade of the network to ensure that automated control systems take over in the event of human error.

The leftist coalition Izquierda Plural and the Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) said they will demand an investigative committee, claiming that both the PP and the Socialists “share responsibility in the deficient state of Galician infrastructure,” a BNG spokeswoman said.

The chairman of Renfe and the Public Works Minister Ana Pastor are due to address Congress on Thursday and Friday to explain the accident.

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