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Speed caused Canada train crash: investigators

03 march 2012, 17:31
©REUTERS/Mark Blinch
©REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Speed caused a train derailment in Canada's Ontario province that killed three engineers and injured dozens this week, investigators said Thursday after inspecting its black box recorder, AFP reports.

Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Tom Griffith said the train was on time and traveling at 67 miles per hour (107 kilometers per hour) -- four times faster than it should while switching from one track to another.

He also told a press conference, the train was accelerating as it passed two signal lights warning of the approaching crossover where it derailed.

"Though we know the excess speed caused the derailment, this is not the end of the investigation," Griffith said.

"We had two experienced people in the front of that train. Why they were (speeding)? That's what we've got to find out."

Via Rail train 92 was traveling eastbound from Niagara Falls to Toronto with 75 passengers and five crew members on board when at 3:30 pm on Sunday (2030 GMT) one locomotive and five cars came off the tracks near Burlington, Ontario.

Two engineers and an engineer-in-training were killed in the crash that also sent 46 people to hospital, including three passengers who, respectively, suffered a broken back, a broken leg and a heart attack.

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