The New York City-bound commuter train that derailed and killed four people and injured more than 60 other persons was traveling at 82 miles per hour, according to a report by UPI on Monday.
The information provided by the National Transportation Safety Board’s Earl Weener – a member of the board – said the train’s throttle was engaged until 6 seconds before the train came to a stop and the brakes weren’t applied until 5 seconds before the five-of-the-seven cars derailed in the Bronx early Sunday morning. The Metro-North train was obviously traveling above the speed posted en route which is 70 miles per hour, and - according to the Huffington Post - 30 miles per hour at the curve where the derailment occurred.
As far as whether the deadly accident was caused by faulty equipment or human error, Weener says that is something that is not known at this time. The train’s engineer, Bill Rockefeller told first responders at the scene of the accident that he applied the brakes as the train approached the curve.
United States Charles Schumer of New York said that he gulped when he heard about the speed as it “kind of takes your breath away.” He also said it is premature to draw conclusions about the reason for the speed of the train.
Authorities from NTSB will be at the site for a week to 10 days according to the report.