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Amtrak Train Exceeded 100 MPH Before Derailment

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Investigators have determined that the Amtrack train the derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour before it derailed at a sharp curve on the Port Richmond section of the track.

Emergency Brakes Engaged Seconds Before Fatal Accident

According to the New York Times, the Amtrak train was traveling 106 miles per hour, more than twice the posted speed limit, when the train’s engineer engaged the train’s emergency brakes.

While the train slowed slightly, the brakes were not enough to keep the train from leaving the tracks as it entered the Port Richmond Curve.

North Regional Train No. 188 was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members when the accident occurred. More than 200 people were injured in the incident, and the death toll has risen to seven.

Investigators Continue Analyzing the Scene

Officials have commented that it is too early to tell if the derailment was the result of speed alone. They are currently looking at the train’s throttle and brake settings as well as trying to determine the condition of the tracks before the derailment occurred.

Additional interviews have been scheduled with the train’s engineer and crew in addition to passengers that were aboard the train when it crashed.

Investigators have noted the absence of a positive train control at the curve. Such a system can dictate the speed of a train and slow the train as it approaches a sharp curve like that involved in the derailment.


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