Eight years before a speeding Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, killing four, a top-ranking railroad official urged his bosses to install an automatic braking system to slow trains before they ran off the rails, an investigation by The Journal News/lohud has found.
Joseph D. Riley, who oversaw the work of Metro-North’s engineers, said he made the recommendation in 2005 after an engineer was suspended 15 days for speeding through the Spuyten Duyvil curve.
On Dec. 1, 2013, engineer William Rockefeller sped through the same curve at 82 mph — more than 50 miles over the speed limit — after he dozed off at the controls. Four passengers were killed and 60 others were injured when Hudson Line train 8808, on an early morning run south from Poughkeepsie, derailed a few feet from the Hudson River. At the time, it was the deadliest crash in Metro-North history.