(PHILADELPHIA) — An Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing at least seven people, was traveling in excess of 100 mph before it crashed, officials said Wednesday.
The speed limit in that section of track where the accident took place is 50 mph, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are focusing on the possibility that speed was a factor in the deadly derailment.
The train’s black box — known as an event recorder — has been recovered, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a news conference Wednesday morning, and is being analyzed at Amtrak’s operation center in Delaware.
The train engineer has given initial statements to police and is also being interviewed by federal accident investigators and other rail personnel, authorities said.
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