New York train crash: `Speed a possible cause of derailment`
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Last Updated: Monday, December 02, 2013, 15:00
  
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New York: The New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a detailed probe into the derailment of Metro-North passenger train that killed four and injured 67, reports said

Out of 67 injured, 11 were critical, reports said.

Speaking to the reporters, the Governor said, “This is an opportunity for the National Transport Safety Board [NTSB] to review the entire operation, to review this accident, all the procedures. Safety is job one and if there is a lesson to learn from this tragedy we want to make sure that we learn it."

As questions were raised about the speed of the rail, the Governor said the track did not appear to be faulty, leaving speed as a possible culprit for the crash.

The investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board will look at the condition of the track, the signal system, crew performance, etc. They'll also search for data and video recordings that may have clues to the cause of derailment, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said, according to the CNN.

Another NTSB member Earl Weener said that an event recorder from the train and another car had been recovered but it hadn’t been examined.

The speed limit on the curve is 30 mph, compared with 70 mph in the area approaching it, Weener said.

In their efforts to find passengers, rescuers shattered windows, searched nearby woods and waters, and used pneumatic jacks and air bags to peer under wreckage. Crews planned to bring in cranes during the night to right the overturned cars on the slight chance anyone might still be underneath, Weener said.

Metro-North passenger train, traveling from the Hudson Valley town of Poughkeepsie, derailed in the Bronx area of the New York City on Sunday morning at 7:20 am.

The dead have been identified by New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, reported the CNN.

Those dead were identified as Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; and Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens.

The train derailed near Bronx just as it was coming around a sharp curve.

Seven of the eight train cars came off the tracks. Some cars of the Metro-North train reportedly submerged in water after they derailed. Police divers are searching the water for survivors.

Metro-North Railroad said on Twitter that the Hudson Line service between Croton Harmon and Grand Central were suspended due to the derailment incident in the vicinity of Spuyten Duyvil.

Also, Amtrak services between New York City and Albany were cancelled.

There was no word yet on when the transportation on the Hudson Line will resume.

About 150 passengers were on the early-morning Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Manhattan when it crashed at around 7:20 am.

With Agency Inputs


First Published: Monday, December 02, 2013, 12:30


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