December 19, 2017 / 8:42 AM / a year ago

Derailed Amtrak train was travelling 80 mph in 30 mph zone - federal official

Rescue personnel and equipment are seen at the scene where an Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over interstate highway I-5 in DuPont, Washington, U.S. December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

(Reuters) - An Amtrak passenger train that derailed in Washington state, killing at least three people, was travelling 80 miles (130 km) per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone, a federal safety official said late Monday.

A data recorder recovered from the train’s rear locomotive indicated the speed at which it went off the tracks, Bella Dinh-Zarr, spokeswoman with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, told a news conference.

Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; editing by John Stonestreet

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