An Amtrak train was going more than twice as fast as it should
have when it derailed last month because a speed restriction had
been prematurely lifted, according to the National Transportation
Safety Board, AP reports.
More than 100 people were injured when the train from Chicago to
Washington jumped track and overturned in Kensington, MD.
NTSB said, however, it was too early to determine the cause of
the accident. Early reports speculated that tracks may have been
"bowed" due to heat in the upper 90s the day of the accident.
CSX Corp. crews worked on the section of the company-owned track
July 22. They planned to finish the work later, and a 25-mph speed
limit was placed on the track. Apparently, a supervisor who thought
the work was done raised the speed limit to 60 mph on July 28. The
train was traveling at 60 mph when it derailed July 29.