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Crashed train exceeds speed limit before derailment: NTSB official

English.news.cn   2013-12-03 06:51:51            

 
Photo taken on Dec. 1, 2013 shows the accident site of a train derailment in New York borough of Bronx, on Dec. 1, 2013. At least four people died and 67 injured in the derailment happened before 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning near the Spuyten-Dryvil Station. (Xinhua/David Torres)

 

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The commuter train derailed in New York City borough of Bronx early Sunday morning was travelling at a speed of nearly 82 mph (132 kph) while it entered a 30 mph (48 kph) curve, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official said on Monday at a press conference.

NTSB Board Member Earl Weener said that two event recorders of the Metro-North train were read out at NTSB lab, adding that human error or a mechanical problem might be the likely cause of the crash, though no evidence showed that it was caused by sabotage.

There were nine stops before the derailment occurred near the Spuyten-Duyvil Station on Sunday, but the NTSB said that they were not aware of any prior problems with the brakes.

Four people were killed in the derailment and more than 60 others were injured.

Weener said that rail cars and locomotive will be moved to a secure location for a more detailed examination over the next few days.

The train engineer has been interviewed and his cell phone was being reviewed by forensic investigators, according to Weener.

More than 100 people were aboard the train heading from Poughkeepsie in upstate New York to Grand Central Terminal in downtown Manhattan. It skipped the tracks 91 meters north of the Spuyten-Duyvil Station in the Bronx on a curved section of the track just before 7:30 am Sunday morning.

The accident came four months after a freight train derailed on a nearby stretch of the track.

Related:

At least 4 dead, 67 injured in New York train derailment

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least four people were killed and 67 others injured when a passenger train derailed in New York City borough of Bronx Sunday morning.

At least 67 people were injured when the Metro-North train ran off the tracks on a curved section of the line, New York police chief Ray Kelly told reporters.   Full story

Editor: Liu Dan
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