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by Mike Muller, Dec 03, 2013


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The Metro-North train that derailed Sunday was speeding at 82 mph when it came to the Bronx turn that sent it off the rails, federal investigators said yesterday. The turn is one of the system's sharpest, and trains are not supposed to go faster than 30 mph in that zone. Even the straight-away leading up to it has a speed limit of 70 mph. The National Transportation Safety Board said it looks like there was no problem with the brakes, but it was still unclear if the train's speed was due to human error or faulty equipment. The engineer driving the train had a "good reputation." Law enforcement is mounting their own investigation to determine if a crime was committed. Experts say decades-old crash avoidance technology could have prevented the accident. The crash is the latest in a series of problems for Metro-North.

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