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Speed key factor in Warsaw-Katowice train crash

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 13.08.2011 15:06
An initial investigation has found out the driver of the train which crash yesterday in central Poland, killing one and leaving 84 injured, was traveling too fast.

photo - PAP/Grzegorz Michałow

According to reports, the train was going at 118 km per hour in an area where the speed limit was only 40 km per hour.

Rescue services have been working all morning to clear the tracks on the site of the crash.

The wagons should be removed from the tracks in the course of today but delays are expected to last several days.

The crash occurred at the town of Baby near Piotrkow Trybunalski, central Poland. Prime Minister Donald Tusk made his way to the scene of the disaster, Friday evening, as did health minister Ewa Kopacz.

Around 280 passengers were on board the PKP Intercity express.

A witness to the accident said that one of the four wagons of the train suddenly overturned and derailed. (pg/di)

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