The Amtrak train was traveling at 80 km / h in 30 km / h zone, NTSB says


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 derailed Monday during his first ride on a new line in the state of Washington, was traveling at 80 km / h in a 30 km / h zone, the National Transportation Safety Board said, citing data recorder data.

Bella Dinh-Zarr, a national transportation safety board, member of the board of directors, said at a press conference late Monday that the information from the data recorder in the rear engine provided information about the train is the speed.

At least three people were killed in the derailment, and more than 70 others were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, police said.

Dinh-Zarr said that it is not yet known what caused the train to derail and that it was “too early to say” why is the train so fast.

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

(Peter Haley/The News Tribune via AP)

Ministry of transport spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe said earlier Monday the curve 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.

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.

The FBI said in a statement that there is no information to suggest a nexus to terrorism or an increased risk to Washington residents. The agency was assisting the NTSB in its investigation.

Silence, then screams

Meanwhile, there are more passengers described what happened.

Emma Shafer said she found herself in an angle of 45 degrees to stare at the chairs in front of her that had driven and turned.

“It felt strangely quiet after the actual crash,” Shafer said. “Then there was people screaming because their leg was in the war. … I don’t know if I actually heard the sirens, but they were there. A man was like, ‘Hey, I’m Robert. We get you out of here.'”

Aleksander Kristiansen, a 24-year-old exchange student at the University of Washington, of Copenhagen, went to Portland to visit the city for the day.

“I just came out of the bathroom when the accident happened. My car started shaking, really bad,” he said.

The back of his train car was wide open, because it was separated from the rest of the train, so that he and others were able to jump to safety.

The graph shows the speed limits

A track chart, prepared by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows the maximum speed of 79 km / h to 30 km / h for passenger trains just before the tracks turn to cross the Interstate 5, which is where the train went off the tracks.

The graph of Feb. 7, was filed with the Federal Railroad Administration in anticipation of the start of passenger service along a new bypass route that shaves off 10 minutes for the trip between Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Kimberly Reason with Sound Transit, the Seattle-area transit agency that owns the tracks, said speed signs are placed at 2 km for the speed zone changes and just before the speed zone approaching the curve.

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 is completely detached and has fallen on the Interstate 5 below, while another 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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