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Derailment probe focuses on why train increased speed

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2015 5:01 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Investigators are trying to determine why an Amtrak train sped up just as it was supposed to be slowing down before its deadly derailment this week in Philadelphia. 

The National Transportation Safety Board s says the train's speed went from about 70 mph to over 100 mph in the minute or so before Tuesday's trash.

It was supposed to be going no faster than 50 mph as in entered a sharp bend.  

Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in the derailment, the nation's deadliest train wreck in nearly six years. 

Authorities are trying to learn whether engineer Brandon Bostian manually caused the acceleration. 

Friends say the 32-year-old engineer was obsessed with trains growing up.  

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