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Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, five killed
« on: May 13, 2015, 04:31:05 PM »
US Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, five killed

A passenger train has derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring dozens of others, officials in the US city say.

Up to 10 carriages of the Washington-New York Amtrak service went off the track on Tuesday evening.

Emergency officials and fire-fighters are at the scene looking for passengers who may be trapped in the wreckage.

More than 240 people were on board Train 188, the officials say. It is not known what caused the derailment.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was dispatching a team of investigators to the crash site.

FULL ARTICLE: bbc.co.uk

US Amtrak Train derails in Philadelphia, five killed
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Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was speeding 106 mph

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, federal investigators said Wednesday.

 



The engineer applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash but slowed the train to only 102 mph by the time the locomotive's black box stopped recording data, said Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board. The speed limit just before the bend is 80 mph, he said.

The engineer, whose name was not released, refused to give a statement to law enforcement and left a police precinct with a lawyer, police said. Sumwalt said federal accident investigators want to talk to him but will give him a day or two to recover from the shock of the accident.

Mayor Michael Nutter said there was "no way in the world" the engineer should have been going that fast into the curve.

FULL ARTICLE: news.yahoo
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