The engineer who drove the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx may have fallen asleep or "zoned out" just before the fatal crash, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.
William Rockefeller could not recall any of his actions until just before the derailment, said the source, who characterized the engineer as being "oblivious" to the fact that the train had built... » more
Investigators in the Bronx train derailment are poring over engineer William Rockefeller's every move before the crash - from his breakfast choice that morning to his actions seconds before the cars left the track.
Among the many mysteries investigators hope to solve is a crucial question: Why was the train barreling down the tracks at 82 mph — almost triple the 30 mph speed limit in that... » more
No need to sugarcoat this fact: The NBA’s Eastern Conference is terrible. Only the Pacers and Heat are more than a game over .500. Meanwhile, 12 of the 15 Western Conference teams entered last night’s games at .500 or better.
But even in the East, no division is as pathetic as the Atlantic, of which the Nets and Knicks are at the bottom. The Raptors, at four games under .500, currently hold... » more
UPDATED 8:10 P.M.: There might be an answer as to why Mayor Michael Bloomberg was MIA for most of the day in the aftermath of the Metro-North trail derailment.
As first responders were on scene around 7:30 a.m. at Sunday’s Metro-North derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60, Bloomberg was teeing off at a luxury resort in Bermuda, according to The Wall Street Journal.
It... » more
Kriss Kringle has been downsized, and not in a Chris Christie way.
After more than a century of bringing comfort and joy to the streets of New York, Sidewalk Santas have been given the boot by the Volunteers of America.
"The program was just not the most effective way of raising money," vice president Rachel Weinstein has said. Those willing to stand on a freezing cold street corner... » more
Now the question is why?
Why did a Sunday morning Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal roar into one of the system's most challenging curves at 82 miles per hour -- at a place where the Hudson River lies hard to the right, the Harlem River looms straight ahead and the speed limit is 30 mph?
Monday National Transportation Safety Board investigators provided disturbing... » more
The city kicked off its yuletide celebrations with the start of a holiday concert series at the South Street Seaport Monday.
The city's Economic Development Corporation launched the "Water Street Pops! Winter Festival" in the neighborhood to boost businesses there that are still struggling from Superstorm Sandy.
The festival, which runs until Dec. 15, will feature musical performances,... » more
Speed-control system could stop train derailments, experts say BY ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
An accident-prevention system required by Congress but resisted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would stop a train from speeding through a sharp curve and potentially derailing, experts said.
After years of rejecting the need for the system known as Positive Train Control, or PTC, the MTA... » more
The Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx was going more than 80 mph when it was supposed to slow down drastically for a sharp curve, an NTSB investigator said Monday.
“The preliminary information from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it went into a 30 miles an hour curve,” NTSB board member Earl Weener said.
When asked why the... » more
It could be weeks before investigators can conclusively determine the cause of the Saturday car crash that killed "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, the star's friend and business partner, according to source at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
On Monday, the Department announced that while it was continuing to solicit information about the fiery crash that... » more