Cuomo: Speed may have been factor in deadly derailment

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NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he thinks speed will turn out to be a factor in the derailment of a New York City commuter train that killed four people and injured more than 60.

The National Transportation Safety Board is probing Sunday’s Metro-North crash in the Bronx.


One of the cars that nearly fell into the Hudson River.

Cuomo said Monday on NBC’s “Today” show that other possible factors ranged from equipment failure and operator failure to a track problem.

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators plan to conduct interviews Monday or Tuesday with the engineer and conductor of the train involved in a fatal derailment in New York City.

The NTSB’s Earl Weener says a second data recorder was found in the train’s front car and has been sent to Washington for analysis.


Investigators prepare to download data from the Metro North locomotive event recorder at the NTSB lab in Washington. (Twitter)

Weener said investigators are looking for information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting.

Railroad spokesman Aaron Donovan says cranes are in the process of hoisting the tilted car that was connected to the locomotive back on the track. The locomotive already was righted.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority warns commuters to expect crowded trains on Monday morning. It also is providing shuttle buses. Donovan says no major delays were reported during the early part of the rush hour.