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Schumer calls on feds to mandate conductor cameras in trains

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(Credit: Workers upright and move a derailed Metro-North train car. (Charles Eckert))

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called on the federal government Sunday to step up its safety precautions on trains in light of last week's Metro-North derailment.

Schumer said the National Tranportation Safety Board made several recommendations following a similar crash in 2008, including installing cameras inside the engineer and conducting rooms to monitor the train's crew. As of today, the Federal...

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Metro-North engineer may have 'zoned out' before crash: Source

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(Credit: Workers upright and move a derailed Metro-North train car in the Bronx. (Charles Eckert))

The engineer who drove the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx may have fallen asleep or "zoned out" just before the fatal crash, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.

William Rockefeller could not recall any of his actions until just before the derailment, said the source, who characterized the engineer as being "oblivious" to the fact that the train had built...

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