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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Earl Weener
An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before suddenly realizing something was wrong and hitting the brakes, a lawyer said.
A commuter train that derailed Sunday, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or brake trouble was unclear, he said.
Investigators said early Monday they recovered both black boxes aboard the New York commuter train that derailed, killing four and injuring more than 60.
Two truck drivers and a train engineer watched helplessly as a semitrailer skidded the length of a football field before it smashed through crossing gates and into two double-decker cars of an Amtrak train at a highway crossing, killing at least six people.
The stinging words "anemic safety culture" rang loud and clear at the National Transportation Safety Board's report on the investigation of last summer's crash on the D.C. Metro system that killed nine people.
"There's every indication that he would have had time to get full restorative sleep," he said.
NTSB member Earl Weener said it was too soon to say whether the accident was caused by human error.