Train in Deadly Derailment Wouldn't Slow Down: Operator
Passenger train derails in the Bronx; at least 4 dead
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2013 7:17 AM CST
Updated Dec 1, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a Metro-North passenger train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – At least four people are dead and 63 hurt after a Metro-North passenger train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx this morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, according to the AP. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in a "slow speed area," and one passenger says it seemed to be traveling "a lot faster" than usual as it approached the sharp curve. The train operator, who was injured, told investigators he tried to apply the brakes but the train wouldn't slow, CNN reports.

Seven of the eight cars derailed just 100 yards from the station, and at least two flipped onto their sides. Three of the dead were thrown from the train, and the fourth was found inside. Police divers were searching for victims in the Harlem River, feet away from one of the cars, as cadaver dogs searched through the wreckage, but police think all the passengers have now been accounted for. The southbound Hudson Line train had left Poughkeepsie at 5:54am and was scheduled to arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43am. NTSB investigators are headed to the scene. (A freight train also derailed in New Mexico yesterday, killing its three operators when it plunged down a ravine.)

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jabberwocky
Dec 2, 2013 10:20 AM CST
Drugs? Texting?
Who_Cares
Dec 1, 2013 5:47 PM CST
I hope that operator is telling the truth. They have to get to bottom of it to prevent future accidents.
winterfairy
Dec 1, 2013 1:36 PM CST
" told investigators he tried to apply the brakes but the train wouldn't slow, " I am afraid more of this is going to happen because lead has been removed from solder and the solder then form "whiskers" that short circuit the boards and cause random, crazy problems. The dirty little secret nobody is saying is that the Toyota acceleration issues were caused by this. It can happen anywhere, anytime. You can thank the environmental wackos that think this is a good thing. If your electronic instrument has a "10" encircled by two arrows, it means that device has lead free solder. Sounds great until it starts acting flaky or just fails. Say so long to electronics lasting 50 years.