Crash investigators in Philadelphia claim train was going 106mph through a 50mph zone.
The Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday evening north of Philadelphia, killing seven people, was going twice the speed limit before it entered a bend, according to preliminary investigations by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed north of Philadelphia Tuesday evening. The crash happened at approximately 21.21 local time, while the train was travelling through a left-hand turn. The entire train derailed. The train, consisting of one locomotive and seven passenger cars, carried approximately 238 passengers and five crew members on board, according to Amtrak. It was traveling from Philadelphia to New York.
NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt told the media that the authorised speed in the curve was 50mph. Moments before derailing, the train was placed into “engineer induced braking” with full brake application, he said. However, the speed when the breaking was applied was 106mph.
The investigation continues and over the next few days crew will be interviewed, there will be a detailed data analysis, a sight distance test and the signal system will be tested. The train was also equipped with forward facing video and event recorder, which have both been sent to the NTSB lab.