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Driver of Derailed NY Train May Have Fallen Asleep: Sources

Sources close to the investigation of the derailed New York commuter train report that the operator may have nodded off just before the train leapt the tracks early Sunday morning, killing four and injuring over sixty people.

Differing reports from the New York Post and DNAinfo have the engineer, William Rockefeller Jr., either “zoning out” or “dozing off” prior to the crash. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the operator did not set the brake until six seconds before the crash.

“When he woke up, it was too late to stop that train from hurtling off the tracks,” said Fox News’ Rick Leventhal.

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NTSB board member Earl Weener told reporters Tuesday morning that the train was travelling at eighty-two miles an hour over a thirty mph curve.

“The train should not have been going more than seventy miles per hour on the tracks before that curve, and of course into the curve it should have been doing thirty,” Leventhal said.

New York City authorities are conducting a concurrent investigation to determine whether the incident warrants criminal charges.

Watch the clip below, via Fox News:

[Image via Reuters]

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