NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators will try to determine why a New York City commuter train derailed while rounding a curve in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60.
The Metro-North train toppled from the track on a bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet, coming to rest at the water's edge.
An estimated 100 to 150 passengers were on the early morning train from suburban Poughkeepsie to Manhattan. Some were jolted awake by screams and the frightening sensation of their compartment rolling over.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast says investigators would look at numerous factors, including the train, the track and signal system, the operators and the speed.
An MTA spokeswoman says the speed limit on the curve is 30 mph, compared with 70 mph in the area before the curve. She says the train's data recorders should be able to tell how fast it was traveling.
169-a-06-(Unidentified ttrain passenger, in interview)-"up and stuff"-This unidentified passenger says she could hear sounds from the other cars that derailed. COURTESY: WABC-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (1 Dec 2013)
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131-a-12-(Edwin Valero, who was in an apartment above the derailment site, in AP interview)-"from the edge"-Edwin Valero, who was in an apartment above the derailment site, says he's not sure why the train derailed. (1 Dec 2013)
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APPHOTO NYCR123: Viewed from Manhattan, first responders and others work near a victim next to a derailed Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx early Sunday, coming to rest just inches from the water, killing at least four people and injuring more than 60, authorities said. Police divers searched the waters to make sure no passenger had been thrown in, as other emergency crews scoured the surrounding woods. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (1 Dec 2013)
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APPHOTO NYCR118: Emergency rescue personnel work the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The train derailed on a curved section of track on Sunday morning, coming to rest just inches from the water and causing multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries, authorities said. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (1 Dec 2013)
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