Derailed Amtrak train was going at 80 mph
The passenger train that derailed in Washington state was travelling 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, transport investigators have said. Bella Dinh-Zarr
The passenger train that derailed in Washington state was travelling 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone, transport investigators have said. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, told journalists "it's too early to tell" why the train was travelling at such a fast speed, an estimate that came from preliminary information obtained from an event data recorder in the rear locomotive.
The train was part of a newly expanded faster rail service. Pic/AFP
Federal investigators would be on the scene for a full day Tuesday, she saids. Information obtained from the front locomotive's data recorder would lend more insight into the exact speed.
3 No. of people who died in the accident
The fatal derailment is likely to intensify scrutiny of Amtrak's safety record, which was already under the microscope following a series of fatal incidents. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman just last month said a future breakdown was likely, and the board made nine safety recommendations.
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