NTSB: Train Going Too Fast at Curve Before Deadly Crash

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YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - 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.


NEW YORK (AP) - Some commuters into New York City have had to endure an extended trip by train, bus and subway today, as crews continue to clear the site of yesterday's train derailment that killed four people and injured dozens of others. Giant cranes are being used to remove the toppled rail cars.

Investigators say they've already retrieved some information from the train's data recorders that could help them determine what caused the wreck. The two recorders were found in a rear locomotive and the front car of the train. The investigators are planning to interview the train's engineer and conductor today or tomorrow. They're also hoping to get some clues from a signaling system that's operated by dispatchers from a central location.

The union representing crew members says the train's engineer, identified as William Rockefeller, is "totally traumatized by everything that has happened." The union says Rockefeller is "cooperating fully" in order to get to the cause of the wreck.

About 150 people were on board when the train ran off the rails yesterday morning, on a bend where the Harlem and Hudson rivers meet in the Bronx.

Many of the injured have been discharged from hospitals, but seven are still in an intensive-care unit at St. Barnabas Hospital. The head of the emergency department there says some have spinal injuries. Seven others are at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, including two in critical condition.