New York train going too fast at curve before wreck

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NYC Train Derailment

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NTSB官員和營救人員在火車脫軌現場。Officials look at the damaged tracks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The National Transportation Safety Board says a train that derailed in New York City was traveling 82 mph (132 kph) as it approached 30 mph (48 kph) zone.

The Metro-North Railroad commuter train jumped the tracks Sunday morning along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops from 70 mph (112 kph) to 30 mph (48 kph). Four passengers died.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators on Monday mined the train’s data recorders, shedding light on such things as the train’s speed and the use of its brakes. It says it’s not aware of any problem with the train’s brakes.

The investigators have also sought to question the engineer and conductor for clues. The rail employees union says engineer William Rockefeller was injured in the wreck and is cooperating with investigators.

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