NTSB officials announce at press conference that train engineer pulled back on the Metro North train’s throttle “late in the game” — only about six seconds BEFORE the train derailed, and that the train was travelling at 82 MPH going INTO that curve, at which point the speed limit is 30 miles per hour.
My pal Heath: “They should talk to the Obama Administration. They’ve been delivering packages via drone for some time now. BOOM!”
In related news, Healthcare.gov will now use drones to deliver insurance.
Local folklore is that that section of New York City — at the confluence of the Harlem and Hudson Rivers, and separating Manhattan island from the Bronx and the mainland — is called “Spuyten Duyvil,” or (corrupted?) Dutch for “spitting devil,” because of the rough currents that used to sink ships and boats in the area.
“All of a sudden, the train was like more sideways than it should be.”
– PASSENGER aboard derailed Metro North train, describing her ordeal to WABC TV; she said her train car was one of those that “landed perfectly sideways,” and as a result all the passengers in her car were able to exit safely.
We’re banged up. … We left the Tarrytown stop, the next stop was 125 St. The driver was going around the curve really fast. Next thing you know (we’re) in middle of a wreckage.
… I was sitting in the first seat in the front of the car facing backwards. I was flung six feet. I landed on the shattered window (on the side of the train that hit the ground). I was lying on my back, gravel was flying everywhere. I was dragging along the ground…Maybe it was a minute, it felt like an eternity, I just wanted it to stop… I had gravel in my teeth, I was eating rocks. But I was grateful to be eating rocks because I’m still alive.
This photo by Twitter user Daniel Cohen shows the locomotive that drove that derailed Metro North train. This engine pushed the commuter train’s cars ahead and into that dangerous curve at the Spuyten Duyvil station. WNBC reports that the engineer called in the derailment after it happened. (via the New York Daily News)
Four people died Sunday morning when several Metro North cars derailed in the Bronx, police sources and officials said.
The screeching accident happened near the Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North Railroad station around 7:20 a.m., MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.
Five of seven train cars derailed. The train was headed to Manhattan.
Donovan did not know how many people were on board of how many people were injured.
"The cars had left the track but hadn’t gone into the water," Donovan said.
(Photo: Barry Williams / NYDN)
WNBC reports four dead, at least 48 injured in the Bronx train derailment.
BREAKING NEWS: A Metro-North commuter train has derailed in the Bronx. At least four of the train’s seven or eight cars jumped the tracks and one came perilously close to entering the Hudson River (as seen in the top screencap from WNBC TV in New York.) Multiple injuries are reported and an eyewitness reports having seen at least one dead body. According to WCBS 880, the train was a 5:50 train out of Poughkeepsie, NY and was entering a stretch of track that goes into a very tight turn cut through the rock near the Spuyten Duyvil station, where a cargo train derailed in July 2013.
I wish I could’ve been there when they named the sandwich.