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Feds Probe Airlines Over Price Hikes After Amtrak Crash

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Riccardo S. Savi—Getty Images United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx delivers remarks at the Aspen Ideas Festival 2015 on July 2, 2015 in Aspen, Colo.

4 airlines allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a train crash in Philadelphia

(WASHINGTON) — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving four airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.

Foxx tells reporters the Transportation Department sent letters to the airlines seeking information on Friday. The four airlines are Delta, American, Southwest and JetBlue.

Eight people were killed and about 200 were injured in the May 12 crash in Philadelphia. For reasons still unknown, the train accelerated to 106 miles per hour in the minute before it entered a curve where the speed limit is 50, investigators have said previously. In the last few seconds the brakes were applied with maximum force, but the train was still traveling at over 100 mph when it left the tracks.

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