Head of Federal Railroad Administration said crashes erode the public's confidence.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has removed the union that represents commuter train drivers from its investigation of a weekend crash on New York’s Metro-North railway.
The agency said it made the decision to remove the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) from the investigation because the union’s president, Anthony Bottalico, held a press conference about the accident, violating the NTSB’s non-disclosure rules.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) declined to confirm reports on Tuesday that the driver of a New York Metro-North train temporarily lost focus before a fatal accident on the railway over the weekend.
NTSB Member Earl Weener said it was "premature" to make definitive statements about the condition of the driver to the Metro-North train, which investigators have said was speeding before it derailed on Sunday.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that "something is wrong" with New York's Metro-North commuter trains after the railway suffered its second high-profile accident in 2013 last weekend.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" show, Nadler said he had questions about the "safety culture" of the Metro-North after series of incidents that have taken place on the railway this year.
Metro-North engineer reportedly told investigators he was in a trance before accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is considering the possibility that a train driver error led to the fatal crash of a New York Metro-North commuter train over the weekend.
The NTSB board member who has been placed in charge of the investigation said in an interview with CNN that the agency's preliminary investigation showed the Metro-North's trains brakes were working fine on nine stops that were made prior to the Sunday crash that resulted in four passengers' deaths.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) visited victims of a crash on the city’s Metro-North commuter railway after being criticized for being out of town at the time of the accident, the New York Daily News reports.
Bloomberg, who is leaving office at the end of the year, was criticized for being on vacation in Bermuda at the time of the Sunday morning crash.
The train was going 52 miles per hour above the speed limit when it crashed this weekend.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was golfing in Bermuda Sunday after the deadly train derailment in the Bronx, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
He was golfing at Bermuda’s Mid Ocean golf club, a person who spotted the mayor said, according to the report. Bloomberg didn’t leave the course until 1 p.m., the person said. Bermuda is one hour ahead of New York time.
The train derailment occurred around 7:20 a.m., and left four people dead and more than 60 people injured.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called on Monday for the Obama administration to conduct a safety review of New York commuter rail trains after a weekend accident on the state's Metro North system.
Gillibrand tweeted that Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) should evaluate the trains that are used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which runs the Metro North and other commuter railways in New York.