Alarmed over a string of accidents on the Metro-North Railroad, including the one on Sunday that killed four passengers, federal officials ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to immediately establish a system that would let employees report potentially dangerous conditions without fear of punishment.
In a sternly-worded letter, Joseph C. Szabo, chief of the Federal Railroad Administration,...Read more »
UPDATED 12/4/13 at 3:25 P.M.: The engineer of the derailed Metro-North train "nodded" off just before the high-speed crash along a sharp, 30-mph curve in the Bronx that killed four people, a union representative said Tuesday.
The engineer, William Rockefeller, 46, "caught himself, but he caught himself too late," Anthony Bottalico, head of the union representing the Metro-North...Read more »
Service on Metro-North's Hudson Line will be almost fully restored for today's commute. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said more than 98% of service will be restored to the line by the morning rush hour.
Service in the area where the derailment occurred will be limited to a single track while crews repair two tracks, according to the MTA.
With service limited to one track for a mile, six trains...Read more »
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants its workers to drop what they’re doing and think of ways to do their jobs more safely.
The MTA Tuesday announced plans for a “safety stand-down” across its transit agencies that would require workers to temporarily halt operations and use the time to consider safety practices.
An MTA source said workers will “take a fresh look at what they...Read more »
Investigators in the Bronx train derailment are poring over engineer William Rockefeller's every move before the crash - from his breakfast choice that morning to his actions seconds before the cars left the track.
Among the many mysteries investigators hope to solve is a crucial question: Why was the train barreling down the tracks at 82 mph — almost triple the 30 mph speed limit in that...Read more »
Speed-control system could stop train derailments, experts say BY ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
An accident-prevention system required by Congress but resisted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would stop a train from speeding through a sharp curve and potentially derailing, experts said.
After years of rejecting the need for the system known as Positive Train Control, or PTC, the MTA...Read more »
The Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx was going more than 80 mph when it was supposed to slow down drastically for a sharp curve, an NTSB investigator said Monday.
“The preliminary information from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it went into a 30 miles an hour curve,” NTSB board member Earl Weener said.
When asked why the...Read more »
As investigators examined the fatal Metro-North train wreck that the governor on Monday said may be "speed-related," members of the Bronx community where the crash took place announced plans for a memorial service.
Members of the Riverdale community will gather Monday at 6 p.m. at a site overlooking the Spuyten Duyvil train station to offer "prayers of healing" and "thanksgiving"...Read more »
Emergency responders, including NYPD, FDNY and MTA rescuers, climbed over rails and maneuvered rocky terrain with heavy equipment to reach trapped and injured passengers in a derailed Metro-North train in the Bronx and then carry them out on stretchers, officials said.
Rescuers were seen carrying chain saws and a ladder had been propped against one train car that had flipped on its side.
They...Read more »
It began with a screech and some shaking, then an arc out toward the water, settling close to where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet.
Passenger cars tumbled off the track. Some people were thrown from the train, others grabbed on to whatever they could until the crunch of glass and shriek of twisting metal came to stop on the 5:54 a.m. Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central...Read more »