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  1. Train Was Speeding Before Deadly Derailment

    It was going way too fast. The Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday in Philadelphia, killing seven, was going 106 mph, more than twice the legal speed. Investigators must determine whether other factors — faulty alarms or track conditions — also played a role. As of last night, some passengers had still not been accounted for, but that didn’t stop politicians in Washington, D.C., the train’s departure point, from rejecting greater funding for Amtrak, prompting fresh debates over the nation’s beleaguered railway service.

    NYT, Washington Post

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