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A NYC Metro-North Train Derailed while Doing 82 on a 30 mph Zone

The Metro-North train that derailed in Bronx, killing four passengers and injuring 75 more, was hurtling down the tracks at 82 mph when it hit a dangerous curve, the feds said Monday.

That’s 52 mph more than the posted speed limit and investigators said the brakes weren’t fully engaged until about five seconds before it finally ground to a stop after tumbling off the tracks just north of the Spuyten Duyvill station.

That was “very late in the game,” said Earl Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Now investigators intend to grill 45-year-old locomotive engineer William Rockefeller to determine whether this was his mistake — or some kind of mechanical malfunction.

Earl Weener, a board member with the National Transportation Safety Board, said that the train’s data recorders, which revealed the speed, also indicated that the pressure on the throttle did not drop to zero until six seconds before the derailment.

Federal investigators have recovered Rockefeller’s cell phone and given him a drug and alcohol test, the results of which they don’t yet have.

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