Feds to railroads: Review speed rules, training

December 11, 2013 Associated Press
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Federal regulators are ordering railroads all over the country to review rules about speed after a New York City derailment that killed four people last week.

The Federal Railroad Administration issued an industry-wide safety advisory Wednesday. It ordered railroads to brief employees on the circumstances of the Dec. 1 Metro-North derailment and train them on the importance of speed limits.

Investigators have found that the Metro-North train was racing at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve in the Bronx.

The directive also says railroads should remind workers about the importance of communication between crew members, including during long periods of inactivity.

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Representatives of the engineer on the Metro-North train have said he experienced a hypnosis-like “daze” and nodded at the controls just before the wreck.

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