- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say excessive speed caused a Salt Lake City-area light rail train to go off the tracks Sunday, leaving four people injured.

Utah Transit Authority’s chief safety and security officer Dave Goeres said Wednesday that the train operator accelerated too fast going around a curve.

Goeres says analysis of an on-board data recorder and video recordings revealed the train was traveling about 37 mph when it derailed. The recommended speed for that stretch is 15 mph.

The operator is still on administrative leave until the investigation is completed. Goeres says they don’t know why he was driving the train so fast.

Salt Lake City fire officials said four people were hurt in the crash, two with moderate injuries and two with minor injuries.



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