The top U.S. rail-safety regulator ordered Metro-North Railroad’s operator to act immediately to strengthen safety after a series of accidents, including last weekend’s derailment in which investigators think the train’s driver wasn’t fully alert before the crash.
The Association of Commuter Rail Employees, which represents the operator of the Metro-North Railroad train that derailed and killed four people, was kicked out of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the accident today.
Asiana Airlines Inc., the South Korean carrier that suffered a fatal jet crash in San Francisco in July, said it’s seeking “fundamental improvement” of its safety systems in an overhaul following the accident.
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.