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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx. In the past year, there have been safety recommendations along with the identification of a probable cause.

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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.

Authorities are investigating the cause of a derailment in Albany County that occurred Wednesday evening.

Two people were killed when an Amtrak train carrying 180 passengers partially derailed last night after colliding with a truck in Mansfield, Massachusetts, outside Boston. No one on the train was injured, but the two occupants of the vehicle confirmed dead by the MBTA police. The train bound for Boston from Washington was forced off the tracks after striking the vehicle in what local police are referring to as a “very large crime scene.” Amtrak tweeted that service has been restored.

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Officials with the Housatonic Railroad say a buildup of ice caused a freight train engine to derail at a private crossing in New Milford, Connecticut.

The engine was pulling a freight train southbound when it derailed Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A commuter advocacy group reorganized by the Connecticut legislature to broaden its oversight beyond Metro-North Railroad lacks members but not criticism.

Two top state lawmakers say expanding the panel to oversee two other rail lines — one of which is not yet running — has complicated the work of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.

House Reps Call For Hearing On Rail Safety

Dec 7, 2013
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Four congressional representatives are calling for a House committee and subcommittee to hold a hearing on rail safety. Their urging comes following the fatal Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx December 1.

The aftermath of Sunday’s fatal train derailment prompted questions from half the callers in a New York congressman’s telephone town hall Tuesday night.

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A New York congressman is introducing legislation to help railroads invest in technology that the NTSB says could have prevented Sunday’s fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx.  

As National Transportation Safety Board investigators piece together information from Sunday’s Metro-North Hudson Line derailment in the Bronx, some data have already emerged. Here’s the NTSB’s Earl Weener during a press conference Monday.

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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.