The US National Transportation Safety Board says its preliminary findings are pointing to speed in an Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia last night that has killed at least seven people.
The NTSB’s Robert Sumwalt says the train was going way to fast as it hit curve in the track.
“Before the derailment the engineer applied full emergency brake application. Maximum authorized speed through this curve was 50 miles per hour when the engineer hit the emergency brakes the train was traveling at approximately 106 miles per hour.”
Sumwalt says they have yet to interview the train’s engineer saying he had gone through a traumatic event.
Investigators are still combing the wreckage to try and find survivors.