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2nd data recorder found in derailed N.Y. train, safety board says

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 2, 2013 at 7:45 a.m. Updated December 2, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

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In this Dec 1, 2013, photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, safety board investigators Mike Hiller, center left, and George Haralampopoulous, right, walk with an data recorder retrieved from the derailed Metro-North train in the Bronx borough of New York. Two data recorders from the commuter train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve, killing four people, may provide information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting, a member of the NTSB said Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

NEW YORK — Two data recorders retrieved from the commuter train that derailed while rounding a riverside curve, killing four people and injuring dozens, may provide information on the speed of the train, how the brakes were applied and the throttle setting, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

The safety board was downloading data from a recorder previously found in the rear locomotive in the train that derailed Sunday in New York. A second recorder was found in the front car of the train and has been sent to Washington for analysis, board member Earl Weener said.

Weener said investigators have already had some success in retrieving data, but the information has to be validated before it's made public. Investigators plan to conduct interviews Monday or Tuesday with the engineer and conductor, Weener said. He also said clues could be found from a signaling system operated by dispatchers at a central location.

The engineer was identified as William Rockefeller, according to two officials familiar with investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

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