Railroads nationwide have lessons to learn about speed limits and the importance of communication between crew members after the deadly derailment of a Metro-North train earlier this month, federal regulators said Wednesday.
The MTA said the new protections will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and automatically apply the train’s emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve.
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.
The order requires Metro-North to modify its signal system to ensure speed limits are followed.
Funerals were held Friday for Jim Lovell and Donna Smith, victims of the Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx.
Loved ones gathered in Montrose Thursday morning to remember the life of 59-year-old James Ferrari.
The locomotive at the rear of the wrecked train was equipped with an “alerter” system, which can automatically apply the brakes if the engineer is unresponsive and doesn’t react to an alarm. There was no such alarm in the engineer’s cab.
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.
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.
The Metro-North train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx was traveling at 82 mph at the time, a federal official said Monday.
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