The top U.S. railroad-safety regulator ordered Metro-North Railroad’s operator to act immediately to boost safety following a series of accidents, including the Dec. 1 derailment in which investigators think the train’s driver wasn’t fully alert before the crash.
Investigators believe the driver of a Metro-North Railroad train wasn’t fully alert moments before the train rounded a curve at almost three times the speed limit and jumped the tracks, killing four people and seriously injuring 11, said a person familiar with the probe.
The deadly derailment on Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line probably resulted from excessive speed as the train rounded a curve along the Harlem River just north of Manhattan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
New York’s Metro-North Railroad is shut down along the Hudson River after a train derailment caused the first passenger fatalities in the line’s 30-year history, renewing scrutiny of safety on one of the city’s major mass- transit arteries.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority struggled to restore rail service to New York’s northern suburbs and Connecticut after tracks were damaged by mudslides, flooding and washouts from Hurricane Irene.