Several days have passed since the tragic derailment of a Metro North train on Sunday morning, happening around 7:20 a.m. and 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station—causing five of the seven cars to derail – instantly killing four and injuring 68 people.
After further investigation into the matters, the NTSB has officially confirmed that the train was speeding at 82 mph— which was 52mph over the limit — while making a screeching turn near a riverside curve in the Bronx. The train’s engineer, William Rockefeller, who was one of those hurt in the deadly accident, has admitted to authorities that he dozed off at the controls right before the train dashed off the tracks, making this accident a human error.
Veteran engineer William Rockefeller all but admitted he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of track north of Spuyten Duyvil in statements made shortly after four people were killed and dozens were injured in the wreck, sources said. He apparently woke up just as the train, traveling at 82 mph, was heading into a precarious curve that called for the train’s speed to be reduced to just 30 mph.
As the train entered the curve, sources said, Rockefeller was jolted from his sleep and hit the brake, but not in time.
“NTSB’s finding that the train was traveling more than double the set speed limit makes clear that, as we suspected, extreme speed was a central cause of this crash. My administration will continue to work in close coordination with the NTSB in their ongoing investigation,” Cuomo said in the statement. “The lives that were lost yesterday are a stark reminder that protecting the safety of all New Yorkers must be our top priority. When the investigation concludes, we will make sure that any responsible parties are held accountable. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the victims of yesterday’s crash.”
Source: DNA Info