Investigators: New York train was speeding before derailment

By REUTERS
December 3, 2013 01:33

YONKERS, N.Y. - A New York commuter train that derailed on Sunday morning, killing four people, was traveling nearly three times faster than the speed limit for the curved section of track where it crashed, officials said on Monday.

The seven-car Metro-North train's brakes were working properly but were applied just seconds before it derailed, investigators said. They said black-box recorders recovered from the train showed it had been traveling at 82 miles per hour (132 kph) before entering the 30-mile-per-hour (48-kph) curve.

The recorders showed the train's brakes were applied "very late in the game," National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener told reporters.

He said that the NTSB was investigating driver error as a possible cause of the crash, but had not yet ruled out other possibilities. NTSB officials did not indicate how long their review would take.


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