NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB Issues Investigative Update on Train Derailment in New York

July 21

- In continuing with its ongoing investigation into the train derailment of a CSX freight train in New York, the NTSB issued the following update.

On July 18, 2013 about 8:29 pm, a CSX freight train transporting garbage containers derailed 10 of its 24 cars on Metro North Railroad near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx in New York. There were no injuries.

The investigative team of two arrived on scene July 19 and began the examination and documentation of the track and rail cars of the derailed train. The physical inspection will continue for the next couple days.

The investigative areas include: track conditions, mechanical equipment, and train operations. The mechanical group is verifying container weights.

The team has interviewed the crew of the derailed freight train. Two track inspectors and track supervisor were also interviewed. Investigators will continue to conduct additional interviews. Track maintenance records, vehicle maintenance records and personnel records have been requested and are currently being reviewed.

The parties to the NTSB investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration, CSX Transportation, Teamsters Union, Metro North Railroad, and the American Railroad and Airline Supervisors Association.

The NTSB has released the track to Metro North. The team is expected to be on scene for a few more days.

This is an informational release only. No interviews will be conducted.

Further investigative updates will be issued as warranted.

Office of Public Affairs
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Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Keith Holloway
keith.holloway@ntsb.gov

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.