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Investigators say train going 100+ mph before crash

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago May 13, 2015 May 13, 2015 Wednesday, May 13 2015 May 13, 2015 3:05 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

PHILADELPHIA - Federal accident investigators say an Amtrak train was going over 100 mph prior to a derailment that killed seven people and injured about 200 others in Philadelphia.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a Twitter message that preliminary data showed the excessive speed, but further calibrations are being conducted.

The derailment took place as the train entered a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph. The speed limit on the track just prior to the curve is 70 mph.

The accident closed the nation's busiest rail corridor between New York and Washington.

The dead included an employee of The Associated Press and a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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