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Too fast for the curve

Monday, December 02, 2013
Bill Ritters daily take on the news.

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

82 miles an hour entering a wide curve that calls for going 30 mph.

You know what that means if you're driving your car. No different for a train, except that it has a lot more people on board than in your car.

Could human error be to blame for the deadly train derailment on Metro North's Hudson Line Sunday morning? Four people were killed, more than 5 dozen were hurt.

So what happened? The brakes were apparently working prior to the derailment. The NTSB is talking to the engineer and analyzing his cell phone. Was he distracted? Was there some kind of other mechanical problem? It's all just so sad.

And another issue so many of you have raised: Would seat belts on board have saved lives? Or cut down on the number of those injured? After, all, three of the four who were killed were ejected from the train.

Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on the investigation, and what really happened.

Meanwhile, service on the Hudson Line is suspended indefinitely, as investigators inspect what they call the crime scene.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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