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NTSB Calls On Metro-North To Make More Safety Changes

Four people were killed when a Metro-North train derailed Dec. 1 in the Bronx.
Four people were killed when a Metro-North train derailed Dec. 1 in the Bronx. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to the Metro-North Railroad for the use of recorders and speed limit signs following the Dec. 1, 2013 derailment in the Bronx.

The NTSB issued the series of safety recommendations to the Metro-North Railroad on Tuesday. Chairman Hersman met with new Metro North Railroad CEO Guillietti to brief him on the NTSB's on-going investigations and recommendations issued since last May. The recommendations call for the use of inward and outward facing audio and image recorders and the installation of approach permanent speed restrictions signs along the right-of-ways.

In the Dec. 1 crash, a southbound train consisting of seven passenger cars and one locomotive, derailed on the Metro-North Hudson Line near Spuyten Duyvil Station, killing four and injuring dozens.

"The images and audio captured by recorders can be invaluable to our investigators," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman in a release. "Understanding what is happening inside the cab just prior to a crash can provide crucial information about how to prevent future accidents."

Investigators have learned that while Metro-North had posted signs for temporary speed restrictions throughout its rail property, "it did not use signage for permanent speed restriction areas including the area where the accident occurred," representatives said.

Since the accident, Metro-North has installed signage to aid operating crews at four locations with permanent speed restrictions, including the derailment area.

"However, the NTSB believes that Metro-North should use a more systematic approach and install signage at all locations where permanent speed restrictions are in place," representatives said in the release.

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