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Amtrak train had to go 30 km / h around the curve before derailment: report

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Report: Amtrak train 501 was 81.1 mph before derailing

Associated Press sources of information to a web site that maps Amtrak train locations and speeds using data of the railroad train tracker app.

An Amtrak train on her first ride on a new line in the state of Washington on Monday, the intention was to slow down significantly to enter the curve where the train derailed, causing at least three deaths and 100 injuries.

Ministry of transport spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe said certain bend where the train was crossing a speed limit of 30 km / h, the Seattle Times reported.

“Engineers are trained to the slow trains according to posted speeds,” LaBoe said.

The train was going to 81.1 mph moments before derailing and plummeting to the Interstate 5, according to a website that maps Amtrak train locations and speeds using data from the railroad’s train tracker app.

Dec. 18, 2017: Cars from an Amtrak train derailed are spilled on Interstate 5 in DuPont, Wash.

(Peter Haley/The News Tribune via AP)

In addition, Amtrak president Richard Anderson told reporters in a conference call that the positive train control – technology that can slow or stop a speeding train was not in use on the piece of track where the derailment unfolded.

Russell Quimby, a former investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, told the Times, the initial assessment was that the derailment was caused by the speed.

Amtrak assistant director of operations Gay Banks Olson said that it is still too early to say how fast the train when the derailment occurred.

“It is being investigated by the NTSB, and a little further than that, to their findings, it is pure speculation,” she said.

Amtrak train 501 heading in a southerly direction derailed around 7:30 am local time after leaving the new Tacoma station. Photos from the scene showed at least one train car detached and on the Interstate 5, while the other dangled in the air. Drivers on the highway were injured, but no one was killed, police said.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, Travis Fedschun, and Katherine Lamb, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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