NTSB: Engineer in deadly Metro-North derailment had sped before

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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal report indicates that the commuter rail engineer whose train was speeding when it derailed in New York City, killing four people, went 24 mph over the speed limit on the same run a few days earlier.

A document released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board showed the results of tests that used data recorders to look back at the speeds of trains run by engineer William Rockefeller.

The NTSB would not offer analysis, but charts show that Rockefeller broke the speed limit on four of the six runs tested. And at one point his train was going 54 mph in a 30 mph zone.

A report released Friday describes gouges in the cars' walls, jammed doors, dislodged seats and hundreds of broken windows after the Dec. 1 accident on the Metro-North Railroad.

The NTSB hasn't determined the cause.

The report says a police detective who entered one of the cars saw people lying among items that were strewn around.

In the Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx, the train was heading into a 30 mph curve at 82 mph. More than 70 people were injured.

Rockefeller's lawyer said Friday he would comment at the appropriate time.

In a statement to PIX11,  Metro-North said:

"The overspeed events noted in the NTSB data released today all occurred prior to the Dec. 1 derailment. The analysis was done a month after the derailment in January 2014. Since then, Metro-North has implemented an aggressive speed compliance program, including more random downloads, more radar checks and more on-board supervision. It has been very effective in reducing overspeed events. For the month of August 2014, the railroad conducted 79 radar observations and 86 event recorder downloads. Of these 165 tests, there was one exception, which was less than 10 mph."