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​Railroad Accident Brief: Derailment of Metro-North Railroad Commuter Train Rye, New York

Executive Summary

​On May 18, 2017, at 4:56 p.m. eastern daylight time, westbound Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) commuter train 1373 derailed at milepost (MP) 24.55 near catenary bridge 215 on main track 3 of the Metro-North New Haven Line in Rye, New York. Train 1373 originated from Stamford, Connecticut, and was destined for Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York, when 5 of the 12 cars in the consist derailed. Train 1373 had 185 passengers, of which 12 passengers suffered minor injuries. Four crewmembers (one conductor and three assistant conductors) also reported minor injuries.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this derailment was the engineer of Metro-North Railroad commuter train 1373 failing to remember the 10-mph temporary speed restriction and operating his train at 55.9 mph into a 10-mph speed-restricted area. Contributing to the accident was the engineer’s failure to communicate the temporary speed restriction to the conductor who could have reminded the train engineer of the upcoming speed restriction. Also contributing to the accident was the lack of a fully operational positive train control system, which would have stopped the train in advance of the speed-restricted area.


Accident Location: Rye , NY USA  
Accident Date: 5/18/2017
Accident ID: DCA17FR008

Date Adopted: 10/8/2019
NTSB Number: RAB1905
NTIS Number:  

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