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Amtrak train braked before fatal Virginia crash: safety agency

A chartered Amtrak train carrying U.S. Republican lawmakers was traveling at 61 miles per hour (98.17 kilometers per hour) when the engineer applied the brakes before striking a truck on the tracks in Crozet, Virginia, investigators said on Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a briefing that the maximum speed limit at the grade crossing was 60 miles per hour and that the engineer in Wednesday's crash applied the brakes 20 seconds before the train came to rest, according to preliminary information downloaded from one of the train's event data recorders.
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