News here just reported he was talking on the phone to railway staff & shuffling through papers as it crashed. Maybe someone should check who initiated the damned call.
That's not really necessary because the driver can just ignore the phone all together or just answer and say that he will call back later.
That's what we are told to do. We are not obligated to talk on the phone while driving.
It's the driver's responsibility. "Is it safe for me to put some focus on this call and the papers?"
If the dispatcher call me and want to give me a safety order over the phone, I can tell the dispatcher to wait for me to call back. If it can't wait, I'll just slow down or stop completely.
So even the most important call that's related to the actual train I'm driving doesn't have higher priority than the train itself. I can make the decision to stop and they shouldn't question me doing that.
The description of the high speed line that ends with this horrible curve is confusing.
I can tell you that tunnels remove some of the ability to locate yourself.
The whole signal project is a big ?.
ASFA hasn't provided any layer of safety other than 200 km/h which is the current limit of that line anyway.
That level of protection is what we in Sweden have if we drive on a line that is not equipped with ATC but the train is. But I'm not aware of any line in Sweden that lacks ATC and exceeds 100 km/h.
I've only proceeded at 100 km/h without ATC.
If the line is equipped with ATC but the train isn't or ATC has failed, we are only allowed to proceed at 80 on the line and 40 at stations but never exceed local speed limits.
ADIF needs a big slap in the face and I hope there will be legal proceedings due to the accident against ADIF and RENFE, separated from the driver's case.
None of these details frees the driver from any form of responsibility.
The driver alone is not the devil here.