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Adendro crash train was speeding, report says

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A preliminary investigation into the train crash which killed three people near Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Saturday has confirmed that it was caused by excessive speed.

The report was made public by the Transport Ministry on Friday.

Investigators estimated that the train, which was traveling from Athens carrying 73 passengers and five crew, was moving at 143 km/h, more than twice the speed limit of 60 km/h, when it derailed in the town of Adendro, 37 km (23 miles) from Thessaloniki.

Their estimate is based on data from the train’s instruments.

At least two carriages crashed into the ground floor of a house, ripping through its walls. Others toppled onto their sides, their windows smashed.

Investigators are expected to publish their final report in the coming days.

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