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Senator Schumer Weighs In On NYC Train Derailment

The train that derailed near New York City leaving 4 dead and dozens more injured was driving into a curve at nearly three times the posted speed limit when it crashed on Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board says the train was clocked going over 80 miles per hour when it came to the 30 miles per hour curve. Data shows the engineer slammed on the brakes. But it was too late.
The train that derailed near New York City leaving 4 dead and dozens more injured was driving into a curve at nearly three times the posted speed limit when it crashed on Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board says the train was clocked going over 80 miles per hour when it came to the 30 miles per hour curve. Data shows the engineer slammed on the brakes. But it was too late. New York Sen. Charles Schumer paid a visit to the scene. Eyewitness News asked the Senator if the incident raises concern about rail travel everywhere.

"When I heard the train was going 82 miles, I gulped. That is really too high a speed. Obviously something went wrong. They think, initial reports are that the engineer fell asleep for whatever reason. We don't know that for sure yet. We'll wait for the NTSB," says Sen. Charles Schumer, (D) New York.

Some railroad safety officials are pushing for a system called positive train control technology, or PTC, that monitors trains and can stop them from derailing. But it comes at a high cost. Still, NTSB officials say it's possible PTC could prevent derailments involving high- speed trains, just like this accident.
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