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After Derailment, Feds Order Changes at NY Railway

After Derailment, Feds Order Changes at NY Railway
Officials order changes to Metro North to ensure safer ride.
Federal authorities have issued an emergency order instructing the Metro-North Railroad to modify its signal system. It's also been ordered to put extra operators on lines where there are major speed changes, like the curve where a passenger train derailed earlier in the week.
The order said immediate changes were needed to make sure train crews don't exceed speed limits.
A commuter train went off the tracks Sunday after an engineer hit a curve at nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.
The train operator told investigators he fell into a trance, or nodded off, at the controls.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees Metro-North, said it would comply with the order.
It said it also examining other steps to improve safety following the crash, which killed four people.