NTSB Issues Recommendations After Deadly Metro North Accident

NTSB Issues Recommendations After Deadly Metro North Accident

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Posted on Mar 15, 2014

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued safety recommendations to Metro North Railroad. The recommendations come in response to last December’s deadly train derailment in the Bronx that reportedly killed four people and injured dozens of others.

What the NTSB Wants Metro North to Do

According to the New York Post, the NTSB is calling for:

  • Metro North to install inward and outward facing cameras on train cabs. This would allow investigators to see what is happening inside the train cab prior to a Metro North accident.
  • Permanent speed limit signs to be put up on the railroad’s right of ways. Prior to the December 2013 Metro North accident, it was allegedly Metro North’s practice to only post temporary speed restrictions. Engineers were required to know permanent speed directions by memory, according to reports.

The NTSB made these recommendations via letter to Metro North President Joe Guillietti. The MTA responded to these recommendations by saying that it would study them closely.

Several New York politicians have reportedly encouraged Metro North to implement these recommendations to improve safety for Metro North riders.

More Recommendations May Be Coming

The NTSB’s investigation into the December 2013 Metro North derailment in the Bronx is ongoing. Further safety recommendations are possible as the investigation continues. If further safety recommendations are warranted, they may again come in the form of a letter or they may be issued as part of the NTSB’s final report. The NTSB is also currently investigating three other Metro North accidents from 2013 and safety recommendations could also be issued as a result of those investigations.

We will continue to monitor this important issue for Metro North workers and riders.

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