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12-5 6:15am Tommy, NYC train derailment negligence?

Dec 5, 2013|

Tommy talks to Paul Murnane, WCBS Reporter, about the latest on the train that derailed last week in New York City

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Hi Tommy tiger beginning this morning with the train derailment that killed four people and from the lawyers saying that the train operator was in and disease. And other people's and that he had think the same players thing it highway hypnosis and to -- is pretty simple got flawlessly it was supposed to be operating the train and he's gone three times the speed limit on a curve and killed four people. Palmer name joins us right now I'm pronouncing that right at WCBS reporter who happens to be at station. Pretty close rent an accident happened the morning call -- Good morning the Latin pronunciation -- -- -- diary but nobody ever believed. I've only -- top of the morning entity. Tell me about the accident for people have been following its a little bit are you know of it but don't exactly know what happened can you give us some background first. Sunday morning the Thanksgiving week and -- wrapping up that everyone wakes up and it's stunned that the the wreckage of the metro north commuter train. On the that the the line. Are lying on that side and actually the front of the train. -- almost in the river is at that point with our mercker and he's in that this morning. After we had the news the trains traveling at eighty miles an hour it's on the Indians beat the thirty mile marker. -- the news this morning. Is that there was little workers system onboard the train system that. Sound the alarm that period -- activity the end junior pushed the button silence be a bar. System -- in the locomotive. Which was at the back of the train battle lines system according to what time report does not expand. To the control at. At the other end of the train with -- engineer William Rockefeller. What Manning the controls. A debate about whether it couldn't reduce the severity of the -- Could've prevented it the NCA saying. That you operations of these cap cars are going to be equipped with the solar system also the NCAA which run the train. It sitting up that you confidential. Reporting system. Or eight B concerns are. So. The lawyer is saying that. He nodded off that he was in a -- that Vienna when non -- nodded off I don't think that he was in a -- and he had highway hypnosis. And I'm just wondering. Is it okay to fall asleep when you operate the train even -- your time and what kind of criminal charges if any this -- face. The union. Actually said that it was not. The way to describe it nodding -- that it may not. The debate as to whether one person sleepers about another person momentary -- It was some kind of issue. A merging of attention coming in to this her. Whether there's technology. That's out there that might not prevent these things it's an emerging question there's high technology system. Positive train control -- That seemed to be more effective. In keeping trying to part keeping them from running into each other. The question is whether there are less expensive more practical easier to implement that the things like its alert -- -- that debris after question but in every twenty or 32. Whether putting that. At all locations with the engineers looked -- -- whether that may be the answer. I'm so a lot of issues it's been a terrible year -- the metro north. A railroad NCA. They've had two wrecks involving air trains and another one and retrain that property. They have been pulled for the National Transportation Safety Board are some of the rhetoric some of the remarks from the NTSB official we've been hearing here in New York. And and from other officials. That are looking at this wreck against the agency had been quite sharp. And the agency is responding they're having with the -- safety stand down. In which are gonna get all the employees together they tell all the way down the people -- meet up at the terminal. And they're going to air and ask for any safety issues that are out there explain and they're gonna discuss these things early. The early. As Tommy's record the FDA also sitting at this confidential system in which employees would be able to report. There -- -- deep concerns -- If we were in court -- -- the opposing counsel would ask me about relevance on this -- mean I'm just curious to. That's the position at this the driver crew was was in what kind of -- make Indian man yeah. Are it's it's it's very good money from what we understand on the six figure salaries are. And b.'s are often however people that had been with the NBA. For decades it's not uncommon to run into employees. That -- 2530. And more we metro -- or thirty years ago July and talking about the train operator now in the six figures train operators conductors there it is it's it's known as. A place where. Salaries can be. Generous. People on the other side of it that the unions. Up people that work in the positions would talk about the hours. The demands of the job beat this sitting in the same position. And and and the monotony that they got the compact. To do the job and still that they are. And -- -- -- -- lack any union official so flat out you know a thousand people on board train racing along at mile an hour you want the best people you can. Control running that I appreciate -- time -- really do you mean to you again. All we could talk anytime.

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