Amtrak Train Thought to be Going Twice as Fast as it Should Have Been
How do all seven cars and the engine of an Amtrak train jump the rails, sending passengers, luggage, laptops and more flying? One possibility jumped ahead of all others Wednesday: speed. Authorities haven’t said, definitively, what caused the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. But the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that preliminary data show the train’s speed exceeded 100 mph before the derailment. That would be more than twice the 50 mph speed limit for the curve it was in.
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