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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NTSB Blames Metro-North for Multiple Failures

By Ann Radelat

Washington – In final reports on five accidents that resulted in six fatalities, The National Transportation Safety Board today faulted Metro-North for poor track maintenance and lax inspections, inadequate training and questionable screening and scheduling of train engineers. Image
Four persons died in the Dec. 1, 2013 Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for

The NTSB said a Metro-North derailment in the Bronx on Dec. 1, 2013, that killed four people occurred when the engineer fell asleep and failed to comply with a 30-mile-per-hour speed limit on a dangerous stretch of track. The engineer fell asleep because of undiagnosed “sleep apnea exacerbated by a recent circadian rhythm shift required by his work schedule,” the NTSB said.

Federal investigators said Metro-North’s lack of a sleep disturbance policy and an automatic brake control system that would have slowed the train also contributed to the accident, which also caused more than $9 million in damages.

“Contributing to the severity of the accident was the loss of the window glazing that resulted in the fatal May ejection of four passengers from the train,” the NTSB said.

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