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Federal Agents Investigating Deadly Train Derailment


UPDATED: Sunday December 1, 2013 10:29 PM

Federal investigators say they're trying to determine whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role in the deadly derailment of a commuter train in New York City.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it will be examining the train's data recorders to find out what happened.

The Metro-North train came off the tracks Sunday morning as it was rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says two men and two women died.

Crews plan to bring in cranes during the night to right the overturned cars on the slight chance anyone might still be underneath.

The NTSB says investigators have not yet spoken to the train conductor, who was among the injured.

Meanwhile, thousands of people are bracing for a complicated Monday morning commute, with shuttle buses ferrying passengers to another line.

Amtrak, whose trains run along the same rail line, has restored service between New York City and Albany, N.Y., but it says delays can be expected.

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