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NTSB: Metro-North Train Going 82 MPH In 30 MPH Zone Prior To Crash

"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."

Photo credit: The National Traffic Safety Board
Photo credit: The National Traffic Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board said the Metro-North train that crashed at 7:20 a.m. Sunday in the Bronx was going 82 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone, according to WABC in New York

"The NTSB says the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx was traveling 82 mph as it approached a curve with a 30 mph speed limit. 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. The NTSB's Earl Weener says investigators have not yet determined is why the Metro-North train was going so fast. Weener said so far there appear to be no problems or anomalies with the brakes. Seconds before the locomotive stopped the throttle idled and the brake pressure dropped to zero, he said." 

Read more at WABC New York. 

WNBC in New York is reporting that the investigating is continuing and that victims of the train accidents remain in the hospital: 

"The NTSB has already begun interviewing the crew members and reviewing the engineer's cell phone, which Weener said was part of the forensic process The engineer told first responders on the scene that he tried to apply the brakes to slow the train before the curve, one of the sharpest on the line, but the brakes failed, several senior officials told NBC 4 New York. Meanwhile Monday, a hospital that received some of the injured said nine of the 12 people brought there remain hospitalized, seven in intensive care. One is still critical. Another hospital said it still has two people in critical condition, and five others being treated." 

Read more at WNBC in New York. 

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