The engineer who was at the controls when a train derailed and left four people dead this past weekend has been suspended without pay.
The focus has pointed increasingly to human error in the investigation into the deadly Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx, after a union officials said the engineer “nodded off” at the controls and “zoned out” before the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board has removed the union representing Metro-North Railroad operators from the investigation into the deadly derailment in the Bronx this past weekend.
Safety officials have championed what’s known as positive train control technology for decades, but the railroad industry has sought to postpone having to install it because of the high cost and technological issues.
Chief Engineer Robert Puciloski, who appeared at the National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington, D.C., said the railroad is “behind in several areas,” including a five-year schedule of cyclical maintenance that had not been conducted in the area of the Bridgeport derailment since 2005.
Metro-North Railroad commuters in Stamford say they’re frustrated with continued delays and long travel times.
Hundreds of mourners packed a New Haven church Friday for the funeral of 13-year-old Sade Brantley and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell.
Authorities on Sunday were making plans to tear down two East Haven, Conn., houses into which an airplane crashed Friday.
Emergency crews remained at the scene hours after the multi-engine, propeller-driven plane struck two small homes a few blocks from Tweed New Haven Airport.
The pilot of a Southwest Airlines plane that made a hard landing at LaGuardia Airport took control from the first officers just 400 feet from the ground, according to a report Tuesday.
On May 17, an eastbound train derailed and was struck by a westbound train just outside of Bridgeport, injuring 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor. On May 28, a track foreman was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.
The National Transportation Safety Board released new information Thursday about the plane accident at LaGuardia Airport on Monday.
The agency said on its Twitter feed the plane skidded 2,175 feet before stopping at the edge of the runway.
Both of the airport’s runways were back in use by Tuesday morning, a Port Authority spokesman said, and the plane was being moved to a hangar.
The service is taking place at Smith Point County Park at the same time as a new documentary questioning federal investigators’ findings about the crash is set to air.