Rail design led to deadliness of NY train crash — APNewsBreak

Rail design led to deadliness of NY train crash — APNewsBreak

- The NTSB has concluded Metro-North Railroad is not to blame for the Valhalla, New York, train crash two and a half years ago.

Ellen Brody's SUV was crushed by a Metro-North Railroad train in Valhalla, N.Y.

"Staff spent considerable time trying to understand motivations and found many of these facts unknowable because she perished in this accident", said Robert Hall, NTSB Investigator.

"We examined every possible situation and circumstance, and we could not arrive at a definite conclusion", Sumwalt said at a meeting in Washington.

Witnesses said Brody calmly got out of her vehicle after the crossing gates came down around her and hit her auto.

Five of the dead were passengers in the front vehicle of the Metro North train.

Investigators found that warning gates and lights worked properly. Ultimately, it is up to drivers to be aware of their surroundings as they approach a rail crossing. Investigators interviewed the driver's husband, Alan Brody, about issues like her sleep habits and her state of mind.

After hearing from the AP about the NTSB's findings, he noted Monday that courts also are being asked to weigh the crash and its causes.

"How can that be?"

In Connecticut, Metro-North tracks are not powered by a third rail, but are instead powered by what's known as a "catenary system".

One of the chief questions became, "Why did the third rail penetrate the rail cars during the accident, without breaking away?" said Dr. Xiaohu Liu, a transportation safety board analyst at the hearing.

But the board did acknowledge that an unusual rail design contributed to the death toll. In its findings, the NTSB warned that continued use of current third rail system could increase serious injuries at grade crossing accidents. The town was weighing whether to close the crossing altogether. The Safety Board did recommend that Metro-North take measures to reduce risk of severe accidents involving the third rail at grade crossings.

The Associated Press, relying on information from an official briefed on the NTSB's findings, reported Monday that investigators had also raised concerns with the unusual third rail design in which power is transferred to the train via a metal shoe riding beneath the powered rail. "They (officials) didn't lose anyone".

The extensive investigation focused on several factors, including signals at the crossing, the train engineer and Ms. Brody's actions.

"There is a lesson drivers must learn, a lesson that has tragically been taught time and time again".

"Unfortunately for those looking for answers, sometimes we can not absolutely explain human behavior, especially when we don't have that person to talk to, " Robert L. Sumwalt, the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said during the board hearing in Washington to determine the cause.



Related Posts

Simon Property Group Inc
Over the past 50 days, Simon Property Group, Inc.'s stock is -2.31% off of the high and 7.61% removed from the low. The stock of Simon Property Group Inc (NYSE:SPG) earned "Hold" rating by Deutsche Bank on Monday, January 9.

Luis Fonsi Condemns Venezuelan Socialist Remix of 'Despacito' as 'Propaganda'
The 39-year-old musician said he was not consulted by Maduro and that he had not given his permission for the song's use.

Russian hooligans trick Rick Perry into talking about manure
In Russia, the pranksters, Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov , are mostly known by their nicknames Vovan and Lexus. The minister in general promised to discuss this or that issue during his visit to Kiev in August of this year.

Amber Rose talks about her 'heart break' over Kanye West
In fact, in one interview, she said that her "real love" was her husband, Khalifa. She was so devastated that she even considered suicide.

Evie Clair performs 'I Try' at Judge Cuts
America's Got Talent now airs on TruTV in the United Kingdom on Tuesdays at 8pm. Goehring is the seventh contestant to head straight to the live rounds.

Tyler The Creator Grabs Stephen Colbert's Butt, Denies It, Then Performs '911'
But after Colbert took over David Letterman's hosting duties over on CBS , things started to change. The week of shows covered the host's recent trip to St.

William and Kate are hiring and posted the ad on LinkedIn
The ad states that applicants must have extensive experience within a marketing, media or PR office and, ideally, experience working within the charity sector.

Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms
The author of SB 3 , Sen. "I don't believe that it's right for boys to compete against girls in those UIL events", Kolkhorst said. The Senate began debating 17 bills Monday that senators worked night and day to push through committees over the weekend.

Man bathing in pond attacked by alligator in Charlotte County
Iman was flown by helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where he was listed in fair condition, according to NBC2. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the gator bit Fredrick Iman, 68, as he was bathing in a pond.

Father of Australian tennis star arrested on abuse charges
Details about the cases, including the victims' ages and where the alleged crimes occurred, were not immediately available. The 40-year-old - nicknamed "The Poo" - reached the final of the US Open in 1998, but lost to countryman Pat Rafter.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.