Speed or a Mechanical Problem May have Caused Deadly Bronx Train Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into three possible causes of the weekend’s deadly commuter train crash in New York – excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error.
The derailment took place near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx on Metro-North’s Hudson Line. It left four people dead and other seriously injured. The crash caused the train’s locomotive and some of its seven cars to topple over and left the front car inches from the water.
The Metro crash killed four people and injured at least 60 others. It occurred on a sharp bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said event recorders are being sent to Washington for analysis to establish the cause of the derailment.
Fox News reported they hope to download information from the memory cards to find out information on the “speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting.”
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday on NBC’s “Today” show that he believes speed will turn out to be a factor.
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