Feds say train was traveling over 100 MPH just before crash

May 14th, 2015 by Staff

The Amtrak train derailed just after 9 pm Tuesday.
(WHTM.COM) PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Federal accident investigators say an Amtrak train was going over 100 mph prior to a derailment that killed seven people and injured about 200 others in Philadelphia.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the train was traveling at 106 mph when the engineer applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash

The derailment took place as the train entered a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph. The speed limit on the track just prior to the curve is 70 mph.

The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members and was headed from Washington to New York City when it derailed shortly after 9 pm. Tuesday.

Amtrak modified Northeast Corridor service Wednesday between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston. There is no Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia, but New Jersey Transit will honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton.

Governor Tom Wolf was at the scene early Wednesday and was briefed by local, state, and federal officials. In a statement, he said his thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by the derailment.

“For those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and the families of all involved, this situation is devastating,” Wolf said. “I want to sincerely thank our first responders for their brave and quick action.”

Wolf also thanked first responders and emergency officials including the Pennsylvania State Police troopers who are assisting on the scene. He said he has offered whatever support may be necessary from the state.

Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train’s status, change their plans or review refund information by calling 800-USA-RAIL or visiting Amtrak.com/alerts.


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