The Metro North train driver was asleep at the controls when the NYC passenger train derailed in the Bronx early Sunday morning. According to Fox News live in breaking news Monday Dec. 3, the driver fell asleep with the train going 50 mph over the speed limit, which caused the train cars to derail, killing four and injuring dozens.
According DNAinfo New York today, the motorman was dozing and neglected to slow the train down to the required 30 mph when going around a treacherous curve. The train driver dozed for just a few minutes, but it was within the few minutes that the speed needed to be drastically reduced to make the curve where the train ultimately derailed. The train was clocked going over 80 mph, which is 50 miles over the speed limit for the curve where the train derailed.
Veteran engineer William Rockefeller has “all but admitted” he was falling asleep as the train neared that deadly curve, report authorities today. Rockefeller allegedly made reference to dozing off during the investigation questioning. These few minutes of dozing took four lives and injured dozens of people, some were critically injured.
Rockefeller was “jolted” from his sleep and hit the brake, but it was too late, reports say this morning. He has been with Metro-North for 20 years of which 11 of those years he was a train engineer. While Rockefeller took the alcohol and drug tests, authorities do not believed this was a factor in the crash.
Authorities believe that the train rumbling through the beginning of the curve is what jolted the motorman from his sleep. This is when he hit the brake, but it was just too late. The brakes were engaged only six seconds before the crash which was “very late in the game,” claims National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener during Monday’s press conference.
The investigation is on-going today, but it looks as if the mystery of what caused this crash may have been solved.