October 23, 2018 / 1:01 PM / in 6 months

Train in deadly crash in Morocco was travelling at twice the speed limit: prosecutor

Security personnel are seen at the site of a train derailment at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat, Morocco. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

RABAT (Reuters) - A train that crashed in Morocco on Oct. 16, killing at least seven people, was travelling at more than twice the speed limit on the part of the track where it derailed, a regional prosecutor said.

The crash, in which 125 other passengers were injured, occurred on a busy coastal line about 15 km (10 miles) north of the capital Rabat.

The train, which connected Kenitra to Rabat and the commercial hub of Casablanca, was travelling at 158 km (98 miles) per hour - well over the 60 km speed limit, the prosecutor told a court in Sale near Rabat.

The driver has been arrested.

Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi; editing by Richard Balmforth

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