New Information Released on Amtrak Train Derailment

Investigators seeking the cause of a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia say it was likely traveling over 100 mph at the time of the crash, more than double the speed limit in the area. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter, "NTSB confirms preliminary data shows #Amtrak train speed exceeded 100 mph prior to derailment. Further calibrations are being conducted." The Federal Railroad Administration said that the speed limit is 70 mph just before a curve near where the train derailed and 50 mph along the curve itself. Images from the scene of the crash show one of the cars was badly mangled while the other six on the train were all damaged in some way. The investigation into the crash is still underway and recorders — the so-called "black boxes" — are currently being analyzed by the NTSB at their Wilmington, Delaware headquarters.



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