NTSB: Train Going 82 MPH In Curve Before Wreck

The National Transportation Safety Board says a train that derailed in New York City was traveling 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone.

The Metro-North Railroad commuter train jumped the tracks Sunday morning along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops from 70 mph to 30 mph. Four passengers died.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Monday mined the train's data recorders, shedding light on such things as the train's speed and the use of its brakes. NTSB member Earl Weener says he's unaware of any problem with the train's brakes.

The investigators have also sought to question the engineer and conductor for clues. The rail employees union says engineer William Rockefeller was injured in the wreck and is cooperating with investigators.

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority has identified the four people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed.

The MTA identified the victims Sunday as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh; 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring; 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose; and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.

Family members for Smith and Lovell didn't return messages seeking comment Sunday. Relatives for Ferrari and Kisook couldn't immediately be reached.

More than 60 others suffered injuries in the early morning crash.

Federal investigators plan to upright the Metro-North cars to check for any other possible victims Sunday night.

Officials say the accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North - and the first passenger deaths in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.


NEW YORK (AP) - Federal investigators say the cars from a derailed New York City train will be turned upright to check for any other possible victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board held a briefing Sunday afternoon to discuss the Metro-North derailment earlier in the day.

The train was rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx when it derailed, killing four people and injuring more than 60. A chain of toppled cars trailed off the track just inches from the water.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the track didn't appear to be faulty, leaving speed as a possible culprit for the crash.

Officials say Sunday's accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North - and the first passenger death in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.

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Police say a Metro-North train has derailed in the Bronx.

Metro-North said the 5:54 a.m. train from Poughkeepsie, which was due in to Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m., derailed at about 7:20 a.m.

Initial reports that cars were in the water were not accurate, police say. However, the train derailed just feet from the water near Spuyten Duyvil station, which is along the Harlem River.


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