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Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013
Four people were killed and 63 injured with 11 in critical condition when a suburban New York train derailed with seven cars of a Metro-North train running off the tracks on a sharp curve on the 01.12.13.
The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. (1220 GMT) about 100 yards (metres) north of Metro-North’s Spuyten Duyvil station in the city’s Bronx borough, said Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan.
Metropolitan Transit Authority reported that two men and two women were killed and 63 were injured. The fire department said that six were sent to the hospital in serious condition and 11 were in critical condition.
MTA, the parent company of Metro-North said that the train, headed south toward Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, was about half full at the time of the crash with about 150 passengers and was not scheduled to stop at the Spuyten Duyvil station.
The New York City Fire Commissioner felt that it was a relief that the accident occurred on a holiday when the train was only half filled or else there would have been tremendous disaster.
The derailment happened in a wooded area where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet. At least one rail car was lying toppled near the water and others were lying on their sides.
The area is said to be quite dangerous with trains going about 70 miles per hour (112 kph) coming down the straight part of the track. They slow to about 30 miles per hour (48 kph) to make that sharp curve where the Hudson River meets the Harlem River and that area is difficult to track.
The “black box” – a data-recording device similar to those on airplanes would reveal more once about the train’s speed, possible mechanical issues and whether brakes were applied.
Track conditions, signaling systems, mechanical equipment and the performance of the train crew would be the main focus of investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The train was said to be travelling faster than usual.