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New York City train derailment kills 4, hurts more than 60


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  • Ticus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    A computer-controlled area-specific speed-limiter device should do the trick. Or, at the very least, a device that knows the max-speed based on your GPS location, and that makes an alarm sound if you're above the speed you're supposed to be. Also, the operator should be held liable for all the times the alarm goes off on their watch!

  • TA1 Alexandria, VA
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    @JBQ - the operator may well have acted correctly - only the final investigation "may" lend some insight. You may want to check the statement that the "conductor tried to apply the brakes" - a second person - and the brakes did not respond - this would be an interesting point for me. Finally - trains use air brakes - which require pressure to keep the brakes away from the wheels - so that if an air line is ruptured - the brake will be applied - more of a fail safe approach.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    One of the New York papers quoted an engineer who looked at the photos and said that he knew right away that the train exceeded the 30 mph on the curve. The next question would be why? If this be true, then why didn't the operator do his duty? Was it negligence or what was it a controlled substance or even a text message.