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Amtrak train was going just under speed limit at time of fatal derailment in Montana


The Amtrak train that derailed in Montana on Saturday was traveling just under the speed limit at the time of crash that killed three people and injured dozens of others, US investigators said Monday.

The westbound Empire Builder was going a touch under 75 mph when it went off the track along a gradual curve in the rural town of Joplin, according to National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg.

A 14-member NTSB team is investigating the cause of the wreck that resulted in the derailment of eight of the train’s 10 ten cars.

The investigators are studying video from the derailed train, which also had a black box, Landsberg said.


“We have experts that are studying the camera footage frame by frame to make sure that we see exactly what the engineer saw — or maybe didn’t see,” Landsberg said.

The train was traveling from Chicago to Seattle and carrying 141 passengers and 16 crew members.

One of the fatal victims was identified Sunday night as 28-year-old Zach Schneider, who was traveling with his wife to Portland, Oregon when the train derailed.

With Post wires

Overturned passenger railcars sit beside train tracks being repaired near Joplin, Montana.

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