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Fatal Derailment Is Latest Incident In Brutal Year For MTA

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TWC News: Garbage Train Derailed In July Near Spot Of Fatal Crash
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Sunday's train derailment that caused the death of four people isn't the first Metro-North accident this year, another accident happened near the Spuyten Duyvil Station in this summer.

A garbage train derailed and disrupted the Hudson line for several days in July.

No one was injured then, but four died on Sunday, the first passenger deaths in Metro North's 30-year history.

Officials said the two derailments don't appear to be related and didn't immediately pin blame on the curve at a station that sits where the Hudson and Harlem Rivers meet.

Sunday's deadly derailment added more pain to what's been a brutal year for Metro North.

In May, two trains on the commuter railroad collided in Connecticut.

And two weeks later, a Manhattan-bound train fatally struck a track foreman, also in Connecticut.

Even before Sunday's crash, the MTA had already named what they call a Blue Ribbon Panel to examine safety issues at Metro North Railroad, as well as the Long Island Rail Road and New York City Transit.

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