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What the NTSB Says About 2013 and Early 2014 Metro-North Accidents

"A horror house of negligence resulting in mayhem, injury and even death..."

That is how New York Senator Charles Schumer described five Metro-North train accidents resulting in six deaths and many injuries during 2013 and early 2014. These accidents led to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and, in late 2014, the NTSB released its findings on the causes of these accidents.

The Findings and Metro-North's Response

Each of the five accidents was investigated independently by the NTSB and some of the causes of the accidents included:

  • A student working without direct supervision
  • Undetected problems with the rail tracks
  • Excessive speed
  • Operator fatigue

Politicians in New York and Connecticut joined the NTSB in encouraging Metro-North and federal regulatory agencies to improve safety and protect train riders and workers. Metro-North responded to the report by saying that it has taken every recommendation provided by the NTSB and that it is aggressively pursuing safety changes.

Metro-North Safety is Critical

Metro-North provides over 83 million rides to commuters each year. With that many riders relying on the line to get them to work and home again, it is essential that it maintain the highest safety standards possible. The commuter trains are not only important to the economy, but safety on the commuter trains is important to the peace of mind of every commuter and his or her loved ones. For these reasons, we will continue to keep you up to date on safety issues on Metro-North and other commuter rail lines in the tristate area. Please follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our blog to stay informed.

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