Metropolitan Transportation Authority investigators have been zeroing in on a recently-installed rail as the cause of a derailment on the F Train last week, and have been trying to determine whether other rails have the same defects.
The derailment happened on the express tracks around 10:40 a.m. in a tunnel about 1,200 feet south from the 65th Street station in Woodside.
The move comes two weeks after a National Transportation Safety Board report revealed that the engineer in December’s deadly derailment has been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.
Metro-North heating and air conditioning mechanic Samuel Rivera, 39, was aboard the Manhattan-bound train on Dec. 1 when it derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
Officials said Tuesday that the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx caused more than $9 million in damage.
A published report said Monday night that the president of the Metro-North Railroad has decided to step down.
The stepped-up effort comes two weeks after a deadly Metro-North train derailment.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced plans Sunday night that it plans to make immediate safety improvements on the Metro-North Railroad, a week after a derailment in the Bronx left four people dead.
The final funeral service was planned for Saturday for one of the four passengers killed in the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx last weekend.
Funerals were held Friday for Jim Lovell and Donna Smith, victims of the Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx.
Three survivors of the Metro-North derailment have filed lawsuits against the railroad.
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 U.S. Department of Transportation is demanding immediate safety improvements from Metro-North following the deadly train derailment in the Bronx.
Wake services for Jim Lovell will be held Thursday. Wake services for the second victim, James Ferrari, will be Wednesday.
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.