NTSB to Investigate Deadly Derailment

Dec 1, 2013 2:16 PM

Federal investigators will try to determine why a New York City commuter train derailed while rounding a curve in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60.

The Metro-North train toppled from the track on a bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet, coming to rest at the water's edge.

An estimated 100 to 150 passengers were on the early morning train from suburban Poughkeepsie to Manhattan. Some were jolted awake by screams and the frightening sensation of their compartment rolling over.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast says investigators would look at numerous factors, including the train, the track and signal system, the operators and the speed.

An MTA spokeswoman says the speed limit on the curve is 30 mph, compared with 70 mph in the area before the curve. She says the train's data recorders should be able to tell how fast it was traveling.


Railroad awaits word on cause of derailment that killed 3

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the cause of a freight train derailment in southern New Mexico that killed three railroad employees when the train's locomotive plunged 40 feet down a ravine.

Police have identified the three as 38-year-old Donald White, 60-year-old Steven Corse and 50-year-old Ann Thompson. White lived in Silver City, N.M., and Corse and Thompson lived in the northern Arizona community of Paulden.

No other people were on the train.

Saturday's derailment occurred near the community of Bayard, about 75 miles northwest of Las Cruces.

At least half of the train's eight cars tilted on their sides, but none of the iron ore being carried by the train spilled out.

The train was operated by Southwest Railroad Inc.

Brian Beaty, manager of operators for safety and compliance for the rail company, says the company expects a cause for the derailment to be issued at some point Sunday.


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