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Fatal derailment probed

Investigators look to black box recorders for clues in fatal Bronx train derailment. Jay Gray reports.
Investigators look to black box recorders for clues in fatal Bronx train derailment.  Jay Gray reports.

Investigators are learning more about what caused a deadly commuter train crash on Sunday in New York.

At least four people were killed and more than 60 others injured when the Metro-North train jumped the tracks on a sharp curve in the Bronx.

This morning investigators continue to work through the battered rail cars and twisted metal at the accident site.

"It's your worst nightmare, people get on a train in the morning they think they're just going to have another day and the tragedy strikes," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Four riders died and 63 were injured when the train left the tracks Sunday morning.

"A couple of people were hurt very badly right in front of me. Yeah// literally, the woman in front of me, her, ah, she was bleeding from her head pretty bad. And we really couldn't get out," passenger Dennis O'Neil said.

Passengers and others have suggested speed may have played a factor as the train failed to negotiate a sharp turn in the tracks.

The conductor, who was injured in the accident has said the braking system failed.

NTSB investigators hope to formally interview him today and are anxious to review data from the black box recovered in the wreckage.


"We'll know the speed of the train we'll also know what brake applications may have been as well as the throttle settings," said Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Investigators hope to have completed key elements of an investigation in the next week to ten days.

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