Cuomo speculates Metro-North train derailment was ‘about the speed’

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board retrieve the black box from a derailed Metro-North train Sunday. Four died during the derailment.  Credit: NTSB
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board retrieve the black box from a derailed Metro-North train Sunday. Four died during the derailment.
Credit: NTSB

A day after four people were killed during a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speculated Monday that the incident was “about the speed.”

“I’m not an expert in this field. Working with the experts over the past day, I think it is going to be speed-related,” Cuomo said on NBC’s “Today” show.

He said that the curve where the derailment occurred, about 100 yards from the Spuyten Duyvil station near where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet, has been used for decades.

“It’s not about the turn. I think it’s going to be about the speed more than anything,” he said.

Cuomo said the three likely reasons behind the incident were problems with the track, equipment failure or operator error.

The National Transportation Safety Board began its investigation into the derailment a few hours after the incident, retrieving the black box from the train later Sunday.

Cuomo said the NTSB has not told officials when the contents of the black box will be released or when the investigation would be completed, but board member Earl Weener said Sunday that the investigation would take seven to 10 days.

“We want to learn from this,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said that the derailment was many commuters’ “worst nightmare.”

“It was much worse than it looked. It was truly a horrific situation. From the pictures that you’ve seen, the trains are tossed about. It looks like a child’s train set,” the governor said.

Cuomo said the MTA would like to restore Hudson line service between Yonkers and Grand Central Terminal, which has been suspended, by the end of the week.

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