A mother from Virginia was one of the 80 people killed in a train derailment in northwest Spain on Wednesday.
47-year-old Ana-Maria Cordoba from Annandale was traveling with her husband and daughter.
The catholic diocese where she worked said Cordoba and her family were on their way to visit the couple's son who was completing a pilgrimage ending in Santiago de Compostela.
"I'm sure they were looking forward to it. I can only imagine how horrible it must have been for their son, you know, waiting for them to arrive, and to hear the news of this terrible tragedy," said Michael Donahue of the Diocese of Arlington.
Cordoba's husband and daughter were among the dozens hurt in the crash. They are in the hospital listed in stable condition
There are indications the train may have been traveling twice the speed limit before the crash. The driver, 52 year old Francisco Jose Garzon, is hospitalized and in police custody.
Investigators are examining a possible failure of the train's safety systems, as well as how the driver was operating the train.
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