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Bronx Train Derailment Kills 4, Injures Dozens

Dec 2, 2013

A Metro North commuter train derailed in the Bronx on Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring dozens, officials reported.

The seven passenger cars and the locomotive jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station, about 10 miles north of Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported, according to CNN. Three of those who died in the crash were thrown from the train as it came off the track, New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters.

The train was traveling to Grand Central from Poughkeepsie, 74 miles up the Hudson River. It derailed about 7:20 a.m., NTSB member Earl Weener said Sunday. Joe Bruno, New York's commissioner of emergency management, said at least 67 people, including the train operator, were injured, and 11 remained in critical condition Sunday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

About 150 people were on the train when it failed to negotiate a 30-mph curve. Weener said that the configuration is one of many factors investigators will examine as they try to determine the cause of the wreck. Investigators have recovered an event recorder from the locomotive and another car but haven't yet examined them, Weener said. One of the cars came to rest just feet from the Harlem River, according to CNN.

Investigators will look at the condition of the track, the signal system, and crew performance. They will search for data and video recordings that may have captured details tied to the derailment, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said. Cuomo said, "The curve has been here for many, many years, right, and trains take the curve every day, 365 days a year ... We've always had this configuration. We didn't have accidents," Cuomo said. "So there has to be another factor, and that's what we want to learn from the NTSB."

In July a freight train derailed at the same curve, damaging about 1,500 feet of track, CNN reports. Weener said the NTSB would look into whether there was any connection between that derailment and Sunday's crash, but both he and Cuomo discounted the possibility.

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