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MTA Board member questions federal reports on two train disasters

NEW YORK – MTA Board Member Charles Moerdler criticized federal investigators for not providing an accident report on the CSX garbage train derailment on the Hudson Line in the Bronx.  That accident occurred in July of last year.

A Metro-North train traveling in the same vicinity derailed in December, resulting in four deaths.

Moerdler told the Metro-North Committee Monday that the second accident might have been prevented.

“If the issue of speed was relevant in that derailment,” Moerdler said.  “If the issue of failure to have automatic train control around the curves in the Spuyten Duyvil area was relevant in that event, then in my view the National Transportation Safety Board should have released that result and if it had done so, we might have been able to avoid the problem four and five months later.”

MTA President Thomas Prendergast said the issues were not related and when the final report on the CSX derailment is released, he would share it with the board.