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Bronx Train Derailment

Dec 2, 2013|

WCBS Reporter Sean Adams

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Live not a New York City and a WCBS. Radio reporter Sean Adams who was at the -- and of that -- a deadly commuter train wreck in the Bronx. Yesterday and overnight Sean good morning thanks for joining us. Good morning Sean and -- you're probably tired tell us what you know how close to direct we're you able to get. Well did -- give you a little bit geography services southern portion of the Bronx. -- directly across from the very northern tip of Manhattan. Where the Harlem river comes out and -- the hearts and river so the so very rock he area and -- some steep slopes I'm up above. The train track above the program and zone it's who are able looked down. And CEO of the work that's being done now to try to -- -- some of those so of course the looked oak. What are you hearing about speed at the time of the crash. Well we're hearing different things and obviously we have to caution on this constantly NTSB's that you know they they start with from scratch they get all the facts and and they you know. Make their determination. A but the initial things that are coming out there that they will probably focus on will likely involves speed. We heard obviously eyewitness accounts from people on board the train thing to stop the train was -- going too fast headed into this very short term. As we also have heard reports that the engineer told first responders that the when they hit the emergency brakes on the brakes fail. The there's a straightaway. As the train comes down the eastern bank of the Hudson River the speed limit their seventy miles per hour as the train. Make that sharp left turn for almost a ninety degree turn. Two had a long it'd -- eastbound it is -- at the Harlem river under admitted the speed limit drops to thirty miles per hour. The way to train -- -- to track it really looks -- -- the train wanted to keep going straight toward the river. When it was really exposed to make the -- -- -- did indicate. Dispute what factor. Sean was the train and running late does anybody know that. That has not been -- -- as part of the investigation -- -- obvious to look at these these that the timeline here. I've dated the NTSB has recovered the data from both. Recorders on -- trainers one in the locomotives and it should be noted locomotive was pushing the -- of the locomotive was not the problems of the rear. There's also -- and event recorder in the there will be considered very cab. But in this case that will be the first car. It was a leading this train. And so they'll analyze that data they'll be able that to tell what the speed was. We do what via application the brakes. Well when that occurred it it was a malfunction there they'll be able to determine what they're that the throttle. Were level -- when when the accident occurred. The crew survived drank. Yes yes -- the engineer. And the conductor are hospitalized with injuries they did survive I mentioned the locomotives. It was in the rear showed that he would be all that. All seven pars on the locomotive derailed. Other ones that really took the brunt the impact words that that the or in the front and those are the ones that there. That steps looked over some degree and that's where most of the damage was. On the strain. You know commuters being creatures of habit it means a lot of folks on the train our frequent writers and when that train was approaching and that sharp curve. They have to have a feeling that the train was going faster than it was supposed to be going what you think. Some people who given that indication you know -- by all accounts that this was their earlier Sunday morning you know people were were from some people -- building offered you know. And not paying attention you know oil and maybe election news Cooper or whatever but as somebody the accounts that we have heard -- people that they just -- train was. Heading to -- to this term. How how fast or how -- -- morning is that for commuters today -- on. I'm not with commuters this morning development that this into the derailment but what -- -- from when are reporters should just north here in Yonkers that your people are obviously make him do they take a train from -- -- to Yonkers. Which their first shuttle bus. They'll take -- -- church in New York City Subway train a obviously a bit of an inconvenience. But you know certainly got people making do. Shall we are grateful the other time to join us this morning thank you very much. Sean -- a reporter for WCBS radio in New York City.

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