Metro-North Railroad not using available automatic braking system at time of derailment

New reports show that a Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx had an automatic braking system that could have prevented the crash. According to

The Associated Press says equipment wasn’t configured to regulate speed on curves, hills and bridges.

The Associated Press says equipment wasn’t configured to regulate speed on curves, hills and bridges. (12/16/13)

THE BRONX - New reports show that a Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx had an automatic braking system that could have prevented the crash.

According to the Associated Press, the equipment sounds an alarm and hits the brakes if the train exceeds a designated speed or drives through a red light, but it wasn't configured to regulate speed on curves, hills and bridges.

The train had been going 82 mph around a sharp turn where the speed limit is 30 mph when it jumped the tracks, killing four people and hurting more than 60 others.

The Metro-North Railroad is now making changes to allow automatic braking in more locations. Many other rail systems nationwide do not utilize the widely available auto brakes.

The train's engineer has said that he nodded off at the controls.
 

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