Polish Derailment Blamed On High Speed

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PIOTRKOW TRYBUNALSKI, Poland, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A Polish train derailment that killed at least one person and injured more than 80 others was the result of excessive speed, officials said Saturday.

The passenger train was traveling about 70 mph when four carriages derailed Friday in the village of Baby, near the town of Piotrkow Trybunalski in central Poland, TVN 24 reported.

The section of track where the cars derailed has been under repair for about a month, said Andrzej Massel, undersecretary of state responsible for rail. The speed limit in the area was set at about 25 mph.

Many of the injured passengers were treated at the site and didn’t require hospitalization. Twenty-six passengers were hospitalized, RIA Novosti reported.

Massel denied earlier reports the train was overloaded. He said the train was designed for 286 seats and was carrying 280 passengers when it went off the tracks.

“It is a normal number of passengers for this train,” Massel said. “It was not overloaded, and this [the number of passengers] has nothing to do with the accident and safety provision.”

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