Speed to Blame for Train Derailment

Speed to Blame for Train Derailment

Alcohol and drugs tests are pending for train engineer

Federal authorities say the Metro North commuter train was rolling at 82 miles an hour, almost three times the speed limit when it jumped the tracks Sunday morning in New York City, killing four people.

A law enforcement source says the train's engineer, William Rockefeller, Jr., told first responders the brakes did not work properly.

But investigators say the train made nine stops before it derailed and so far, there doesn't appear to be any problem with the brakes.

Results of alcohol and drug tests on the engineer are pending.
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