Derailed US train at three times the speed limit

A New York commuter train that derailed on Sunday, killing four people, was travelling at nearly three times faster than the speed limit, officials said.

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Workday crash would have been 'tremendous disaster'

New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Joseph Cassano has said if the New York commuter train had derailed on a workday and was at full occupancy, the result would have a been "tremendous disaster".

New York State's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the train was about half full, with approximately 150 passengers on board at the time of the crash.

Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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