Philadelphia commuter train, which derailment caused at least seven deaths, was exceeding the speed limit almost twice. After the train hit 106 mph (170 km/h) on a 50 mph track, the driver made an attempt to apply the emergency brakes
Philadelphia commuter train, which derailment caused at least seven deaths, was exceeding the speed limit almost twice.
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After the train hit 106 mph (170 km/h) on a 50 mph track, the driver made an attempt to apply the emergency brakes, but it didn’t help a lot. The speed had been brought down only to 102 mph just before the crash happened, said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The so-called black box that had been recording the speed was recovered from the wreckage, so it became known what exactly caused the crash.
A speed control system hasn’t been yet in place on the parts of that route along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB believes that if such a system had been installed in this section of track, this accident could have been avoided.
Before derailing and leaving more than 200 people injured on Tuesday, the Amtrak Train 188 had been going from Washington to New York.
Only three of seven victims have been publicly identified for now:
- Jim Gaines, 48, a father of two and software architect for the Associated Press, was travelling home to New Jersey following a work conference in Washington DC
- Justin Zemser, 20, a Navy Midshipman, was on leave from the Naval Academy in Maryland, and was on his way to visit family in New York
- Wells Fargo senior vice-president Abid Gilani, the company confirmed
At the moment the railway between Philadelphia and New York, which is one of the busiest in the country, is closed. The officials are trying to detect the exact causes of derailment.
President Obama said that he was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the derailment tragedy.