Spanish train was speeding

2013-07-25 17:16
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Antonio Hernandez, AP)

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Antonio Hernandez, AP)

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Spain train crash footage

2013-07-25 15:01

Watch Spain's deadly train crash in this video which shows the moment the express train derailed in northwestern Spain. WATCH

Santiago de Compostela - An Associated Press analysis of video images shows that a Spanish train was travelling well above the speed limit when it derailed, killing 80 people.

Officials say the speed limit on that section of track is 80km/h.

An estimate of the train's speed at the moment of impact using the frame rate of the video and the estimated distance between two pylons gives a range of 144-192km/h. Another estimate calculated on the basis of the typical distance between railroad ties gives a range of 156-182km/h.

The figures supported experts' assessment that the train appeared in the video to be moving well above the speed limit when it crashed on Wednesday.

The interior ministry said on Thursday that 80 people died.

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