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Police say late right wing politician Haider's car was going 142 kph when it crashed - Austria

Other News Materials 12 October 2008 18:17 (UTC +04:00)

Austrian investigators say far-right politician Joerg Haider's car was speeding at more than twice the posted limit when it crashed and killed him, the AP reported.

Police reconstructing the fatal accident in southern Austria say the speedometer in the wreckage of Haider's Volkswagen sedan was stuck at 142 kilometers per hour ( 88 miles per hour).

The speed limit on the stretch of road where he died was just 70 kph ( 43 mph).

Investigators have released their preliminary findings Sunday, a day after the 58-year-old governor of Carinthia province and leader of the rightist Alliance for the Future of Austria was killed.

Prosecutor Gottfried Kranz says the speed appears to be the main factor in the deadly crash.

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