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Metro-North's Safety Practices To Go Under Federal Microscope

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In the wake of the deadly derailment in the Bronx earlier this month, Metro-North is going under the federal microscope.

Starting Monday, the Federal Railroad Administration will perform a 60-day review of safety practices on Metro-North.

The effort will cover a broad range of practices, including oversight of engineers, fatigue management and medical requirements for crew members.

The railroad has already implemented a number of new safety measures since the December 1 derailment that killed four people and injured dozens more.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that train operator William Rockefeller was traveling nearly three times the speed limit going into a sharp turn.

His union says that he may have temporarily lost focus at the controls.

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