Posted on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Earl Weener, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator, said that the Metro-North Railroad commuter train crashed on Sunday, December 1 because it was traveling at a speed of 82 mph on a 30 mph curve.
The train’s speed at the time of the incident was retrieved from the train’s data recorders. The train derailed and crashed in the Bronx, resulting in the death of four people. The curve on the tracks required that all trains reduce their speed from the typical traveling speed of 70 mph to 30 mph.
Weener was unable to clarify whether the derailment was the result of human error or mechanical failure.
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