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the national transportation safety board confirming wednesday afternoon that an amtrak train hit a hundred six miles an hour before it derailed killing at least seven people and injuring two hundred others at twice the speed limit at that particular turn in philadelphia the n. t. s. b. said that the train's engineer did slam on the brakes but it was too late in the next three seconds three or four seconds the speed of the train had only decreased to a hundred and two as we know it takes a long time and distance to decelerate to train young t. s. b. says speed is just one of several factors that it's examining to decipher the cause of the crash rescue workers are still sifting through the mangled wreckage and other debris trying to account for all the passengers aboard , next of kin are still being notified among the data are u. s. naval academy midshipman , and an associated press employee british transportation reporter patrick rucker says that the technology that could have prevented the accident already exists technology that could have stopped this accident is in place and in fact i've been the beginning of next year it will be mandated , so there's an argument that if this accident had happened january first twenty sixteen it would have been impossible , this new technology called positive train control automatically slows or even halt strains that are moving too fast or heading into a danger zone , the current law the real industry must adopt the technology by year's end