Unsafe speed. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday night that the National Transportation Safety Board findings make it clear that "extreme speed was a central cause'' of the deadly train derailment Sunday in New York City. YNN's Dean Meminger has the latest.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Traveling at an unsafe speed. That's the findings Monday from The National Transportation Safety Board on that fatal Sunday train derailment in New York City.
The NTSB reports the train was traveling 82 mph as it approached 30 mph zone. Sunday morning the Metro-North railroad commuter train jumped the tracks along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops from 70 mph to 30 mph.
Four people died and many others were injured.
Federal investigators on Monday searched the train's data recorders, shedding light on such things as the train's speed and the use of its brakes. They're still looking into whether there was a mechanical problem, or operator error.
"First when heard about speed I gulped. It sort of takes your breath away. For a train to be going 82 mph around that curve is just a frightening thought," said Senator Charles Schumer.
Investigators say they're still looking into toxicology reports for the conductor and engineer and looking into whether they might have been texting or using a cell phone at the time.
The train's engineer was injured in the wreck, but is cooperating with the investigation.
Press conferenceThe NTSB held a press conference on Monday. You can watch that in its entirety below.
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