NYC Deadly Train Derailment


NEW YORK CITY, NY - Federal investigators will spend the next two days interviewing the crew and passengers who were on the commuter train that jumped the tracks in New York City killing four people. New York's Governor believes speed may have been a factor, but investigators say it is too soon to know for sure.

Workers used cranes to upright train cars that toppled during the deadly crash. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are looking for clues that might explain what caused the commuter train to jump the tracks.

They are also analyzing the train's data recorders to determine if the engineer may have been going too fast as he rounded a bend.

"A curve like this has a speed limit," said Earl Weener, NTSB board member. "The limit is 30mph. At that speed there should be no problem navigating the curve."

The train's engineer, William Rockefeller, Jr., has not yet spoken to investigators. A law enforcement source told CBS News Rockefeller informed first responders the brakes were not working properly.

Until the tracks are cleared and repaired, about 26,000 commuters are using shuttle buses and subways to get to work.

58-year-old James Lovell is one of four passengers who lost his life Sunday. The audio technician was heading to Manhattan to prepare for the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree. 60 others were injured, including Joel Zaritsky who was treated and released from the hospital.

"I looked down and realized my hands and my arms were all blood and then you have to start saying to yourself whose blood is it and where is it coming from," Zaritsky said.

NTSB investigators say it could take up to a year to determine the cause the crash.

Officials say this accident would have been much worse if it happened on a weekday. The Metro North train was about half full.


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