Data recorders recovered in deadly New York train derailment


Investigators are learning more about what may have caused a deadly commuter train crash in New York. Two data recorders have been recovered and sent to Washington for analysis.

It was a scene of chaos Sunday after the train fell off the tracks. At least four people were killed and more than 60 others injured when the Metro-North car jumped its tracks on a sharp curve in the Bronx.

Investigators continue to work through the battered rail cars and twisted metal at the accident site.

"It's your worst nightmare," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). "People get on a train in the morning they think they're just going to have another day and the tragedy strikes."

Four riders died when the train left the tracks Sunday morning. 63 were injured.

"A couple of people were hurt very badly right in front of me. Literally, the woman in front of me, her, ah, she was bleeding from her head pretty bad. And we really couldn't get out," said Dennis O'Neil, passenger.

Passengers and others have suggested speed may have played a factor as the train failed to negotiate a sharp turn in the tracks. The conductor injured in the accident has said the braking system failed.

NTSB investigators hope to formally interview the conductor Monday and are anxious to review data from the black box recovered in the wreckage.

"We'll know the speed of the train. We'll also know what brake applications may have been as well as the throttle settings," said Earl Weener, NTSB.

Those are key elements in the investigation, which is expected to last a week to ten days.

Weener said Monday at the crash site that the recorder was found in the train's front car and has been sent to Washington for analysis.

Meantime, the line has been shut down and commuters are finding other ways to get to work.