Spain trainA large funeral Mass is due to take place in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, where a train crash last Wednesday claimed 79 lives.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who comes from the city, and members of the Spanish royal family are expected to attend, reports the BBC.

The driver of the train could face multiple counts of reckless homicide but has not been formally charged.

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was released from custody by a judge on Sunday.

He is suspected of having driven too fast on a bend, causing the train to derail.

Correspondents say the tragedy has shocked residents of Santiago de Compostela, a Catholic pilgrimage site in the north-western province of Galicia.

Santiago officials had been preparing for the religious feast of St James of Compostela – Spain’s patron saint – on Thursday but cancelled it after the crash.

The city’s sports arena was temporarily turned into a morgue.

At the cathedral gates, pilgrims have left flowers and candles to commemorate victims of the crash.

Officials say 70 people remain in hospital, 22 of them in a critical condition.

Garzon, 52, arrived at court in handcuffs on Sunday, his head scarred by an injury he suffered in the crash.

He was questioned behind closed doors for almost two hours by Judge Luis Alaez.

Later, a court statement said he had been released pending further investigations but must appear before a court once a week and is not allowed to leave Spain without permission.

His passport has been surrendered to the judge and his licence to drive a train has been suspended.


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