Long Commute for Some, as Investigators Probe Yesterday's Derailment 12/2/13
NEW YORK - Some commuters into New York City have had to endure an extended trip by train, bus and subway today, as crews continue to clear the site of yesterday's train derailment that killed four people and injured dozens of others. Giant cranes are being used to remove the toppled rail cars.
Investigators say they've already retrieved some information from the train's data recorders that could help them determine what caused the wreck. The two recorders were found in a rear locomotive and the front car of the train. The investigators are planning to interview the train's engineer and conductor today or tomorrow. They're also hoping to get some clues from a signaling system that's operated by dispatchers from a central location.
The union representing crew members says the train's engineer, identified as William Rockefeller, is "totally traumatized by everything that has happened." The union says Rockefeller is "cooperating fully" in order to get to the cause of the wreck.
About 150 people were on board when the train ran off the rails yesterday morning, on a bend where the Harlem and Hudson rivers meet in the Bronx.
Many of the injured have been discharged from hospitals, but seven are still in an intensive-care unit at St. Barnabas Hospital. The head of the emergency department there says some have spinal injuries. Seven others are at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, including two in critical condition.