A report prepared by the European Railway Agency for the European Commission has slammed the lack of independence and rigour of the Spanish investigation into the 2013 Santiago de Compostela train crash in which 81 people lost their lives and 150 others were injured.

The report, a copy of which has been obtained by The Spain Report, outlines numerous weaknesses in the Spanish investigation and concludes that a new inquiry must now be opened.

The ERA says "national investigation bodies" are supposed to "establish exactly what, how and why the accident happened" in an independent manner in order to learn lessons and prevent similar accidents in the future. In Spain, that national investigation body is the Railway Accident Investigation Commission (CIAF).

"The requirement that the...

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