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The driver of the train that derailed in Spain, killing 79 people, has admitted that he was travelling at twice the speed limit when he approached a tight turn.
But Francisco Jose Garzon Amo told a judge he "can't explain" why he did not try to slow down during the approach to the corner, footage of a recent court session shows.
"I still don't understand how I didn't see ... mentally, or whatever, I just don't know."
When the danger became clear, he said he thought: "Oh my God, the curve, the curve, the curve, I won't make it."
In Sunday night's testimony, Garzon said he was going far over the speed limit and should have started to slow down several miles before he reached the notorious curve.
He was asked what was going through his mind when he went through the last tunnel before the curve.
"Sincerely I don't know," he replied.
"I'm not so crazy that I wouldn't put the brakes on."
The train careered off the tracks, killing scores of people.
The train had been going as fast as 119mph (192kph) shortly before the derailment.
Garzon activated the brakes "seconds before the crash", reducing the speed to 95mph (153kph), according to the court's preliminary findings based on black box data recorders.
The speed limit on the section of track where the crash happened was 50mph (80kph).