52 kph over the limit
THE Tilt Train which derailed 40km south-east of Miriam Vale on Monday night was travelling at almost twice the speed limit.
In a joint statement yesterday Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson and Queensland Rail chief executive officer Bob Scheuber said the train was travelling at 112kph. The designated speed limit at that section of the track is 60kph.
The information was obtained from the event recorder in the train.
The City of Townsville Tilt Train, which was travelling from Brisbane to Cairns, crashed about 11.55pm with 163 people on board.
Thirty-seven injured passengers were transported to Gladstone Hospital where three were admitted for further treatment. In yesterday's statement, Mr Atkinson and Mr Scheuber said investigators had not reached any conclusions about the accident despite the speed discovery.
"There are still many other aspects in terms of this incident which require examination and investigation,'' the statement said.
"In this regard, experienced senior investigators and technical experts, assisted by crime scene, forensic and accident investigation specialists, continue to gather and analyse the information.