Speed possibly caused deadly Amtrak accident

2015-05-13 21:10
Investigators examine the train derailment site. (Alejandro A Alvarez, AP)

Investigators examine the train derailment site. (Alejandro A Alvarez, AP)

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Washington - An analysis by The Associated Press of surveillance video just before the deadly crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, indicates it was travelling about 170km/h as it approached a curve where the speed limit was only 80km/h. 

Seven people died in the crash and more than 200 were injured.

The video shows the train - which was roughly 200m long - passes the camera in just over five seconds.

But AP found that the surveillance video inexplicably plays back slightly slower than in real time.

The surveillance camera was located at a site just before the bend in the tracks.

Light from an apparent explosion is visible in the video just over three seconds after the train passes.

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