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Five U.S. senators are urging President Obama to fill the vacant National Transportation Safety Board seat with a candidate who has a strong background in rail safety. Wednesday’s letter came on the first anniversary of the fatal Metro-North crash at a rail crossing in Valhalla, in Westchester County.

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Federal investigators expect to issue a preliminary report this month on the fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV in New York’s Westchester County that killed six.

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Preliminary investigation findings indicate an SUV was in the danger zone inside railroad crossing gates for about 30 seconds before a Metro-North commuter train crashed into it, killing the driver and five train passengers.

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Federal regulators say the engineer of a commuter train that derailed in New York City last year fell asleep, causing him to miss a 30 mph speed limit and hit a curve at 82 mph.

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations To Metro-North

Feb 19, 2014
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A federal agency has issued safety recommendations following December’s fatal Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx. The recommendations come in the form of a letter to Metro-North’s president.

Gov. Cuomo: Human Error Behind Fatal NY Crash

Dec 5, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says it appears an engineer's speeding is likely to be what caused the fatal derailment of a New York City commuter train.

Cuomo made his comments Wednesday on New York public radio's 'Capitol Pressroom' show. Four people were killed and more than 60 others injured in the Sunday morning crash on a riverside curve in the Bronx.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the Metro-North Railroad train was travelling at more than 80 mph going into the curve, nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.

Lawyer: NY Engineer Had 'Daze' Before Train Crash

Dec 4, 2013

An attorney says a New York train engineer experienced a nod or "a daze" before his train derailed at a curve, killing four passengers.

Attorney Jeffrey Chartier accompanied engineer William Rockefeller to his interview with National Transportation Safety Board investigators and described the account Rockefeller gave Tuesday.

He says Rockefeller's daze was "almost like road fatigue" or the phenomenon sometimes called highway hypnosis.

NYC Train Derailment Airs Queries About Technology

Dec 3, 2013
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The revelation that a New York City commuter train derailed while barreling into a sharp curve at nearly three times the speed limit is fueling questions about whether automated crash-avoidance technology could have prevented the deadly disaster.

National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said Monday that the Metro-North Railroad train was going 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph turn and derailed Sunday. Four people were killed and more than 60 others were injured.

Cuomo: High Speed A Central Cause Of Train Crash

Dec 3, 2013
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the National Transportation Safety Board findings make it clear that "extreme speed was a central cause" of the deadly train derailment in New York City.

The NTSB said Monday the Metro-North Railroad commuter train was traveling 82 mph as it approached a 30 mph zone when it jumped the tracks Sunday morning along a sharp curve in the Bronx. Four passengers died.

Cuomo released a statement Monday saying his administration will continue to work closely with the NTSB as it investigates the cause of the accident.

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Federal investigators have recovered a second data recorder at the crash site of Sunday’s Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx. While the public awaits answers about what caused the fatal derailment, a few experts are weighing in about other aspects of the disaster.

Probe Seeks Cause Of Fatal NYC Train Crash

Dec 2, 2013
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Federal authorities are investigating what might have caused a commuter train to derail in New York City, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.

The National Transportation Safety Board is probing Sunday's fatal Metro-North train crash. The agency says its investigators will spend up to 10 days looking into the crash.

Authorities say the train was rounding a riverside curve early Sunday when it derailed, toppling cars and throwing some riders from their seats.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal transportation officials have scheduled a two-day hearing as part of their investigation into two Metro-North Railroad accidents in Connecticut this year.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Tuesday that government agencies, unions and others will speak at the hearings set for October 22 and 23.

Two commuter trains crashed on May 17, sending 60 people to the hospital. Five were critically injured.

Search For Passenger In NY Plane Crash In 4th Day

May 29, 2013
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Authorities say they have removed the main wreckage of a small plane from an upstate New York pond, but a brain cancer patient who was on the volunteer medical flight remains missing.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said Tuesday the fuselage was pulled out of the water in Ephratah, an hour west of Albany. It will be taken for inspection along with debris found in the surrounding area.

New York's top court has rejected damages claims against state inspectors who continually recertified a tour boat for 48-passenger capacity before it overturned on an Adirondack lake in 2005, drowning 20 people during a leaf-peeping tour.

The Court of Appeals said Thursday that the state generally isn't liable for "the negligent performance" of government functions unless it has some "special duty" to those hurt.