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


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

According to Bruce Landsberg, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, the westbound Empire Builder was going slightly below 75 mph as it left the track along a gradual curve in the rural town of Joplin.

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

Investigators are studying video of the derailed train, which also had a black box, Landsberg said.

“We have experts studying the camera images frame by frame to make sure we’re seeing exactly what the engineer saw – or maybe didn’t see,” Landsberg said.

The train traveled from Chicago to Seattle and carried 141 passengers and 16 crew members.

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

With post wires

Upturned railcars sit beside railroad tracks being repaired near Joplin, Montana.

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