After derailment, feds order changes at NY railway

(AP) Federal authorities have issued an emergency order instructing the Metro-North Railroad to modify its signal system. It's also been ordered to put extra operators on lines where there are major

News 12 Staff

Dec 7, 2013, 1:04 AM

Updated 3,842 days ago

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(AP) Federal authorities have issued an emergency order instructing the Metro-North Railroad to modify its signal system. It's also been ordered to put extra operators on lines where there are major speed changes, like the curve where a passenger train derailed earlier in the week.



The order said immediate changes were needed to make sure train crews don't exceed speed limits.



A commuter train went off the tracks Sunday after an engineer hit a curve at nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.



The train operator told investigators he fell into a trance, or nodded off, at the controls.



The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees Metro-North, said it would comply with the order.



It said it also examining other steps to improve safety following the crash, which killed four people.



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