AP analysis of video: Spanish train was speeding

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 9:04 AM

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of video images shows that a Spanish train was traveling well above the speed limit when it derailed, killing 80 people.

Officials say the speed limit on that section of track is 50 miles an hour.

An estimate of the train's speed at the moment of impact using the frame rate of the video and the estimated distance between two pylons gives a range of 89 to 119 miles an hour. Another estimate calculated on the basis of the typical distance between railroad ties gives a range of 96 to 112 miles an hour.

The figures supported experts' assessment that the train appeared in the video to be moving well above the speed limit when it crashed Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said Thursday that 80 people died.

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