SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — The 79th person to die in last week’s train derailment in Spain has been identified by her family as Myrta Fariza of Houston.
Fariza’s friends and family had created a Facebook page titled “Hope for Myrta,” where they collected donations and communicated while she was in the hospital.
Officials had earlier said a 79th person died today of injuries suffered in Wednesday’s crash, but they didn’t identify the victim.
Another American was killed in the accident. A Virginia woman, Ana Maria Cordoba, was identified last week by the Diocese of Arlington, where she worked. Her husband and daughter were injured in the crash.
Officials say 70 people injured in the accident are still in the hospital, 22 of them in critical condition.
The driver of the train was being questioned by a judge today as officials tried to determine if he was responsible for the accident.
The 52-year-old driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, has been held by police on suspicion of negligent homicide. He hasn’t been formally charged or made any official statements.