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Metro Pledges NYC Style Train Derailment Can’t Happen Here

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An investigative team works at the scene of the fatal Metro-North train derailment on December 2, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

An investigative team works at the scene of the fatal Metro-North train derailment on December 2, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - MetroLink is standing by its signal system saying the high speed commuter train crash that happened in New York City this week can not happen here.

Metro’s Chief Operating Officer for Transit Services, Ray Friem, said there are sensors within the tracks throughout St. Louis that actually tell the train how fast it can be going.

“If the operator goes over that speed and does not engage the brake in three seconds the vehicle is commanded to bring itself to a complete stop,” he explained.

Sunday night a train derailed in New York City’s Bronx borough as it took a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, killing four people. It’s been reported that the train engineer apparently “was nodding off and caught himself too late” before the accident.

Friem said in the 20 years of operation, MetroLink has never even had a close call.

“Our signal system does enforce train speed, so every curve is rated for a certain speed. A train can not operate across that curve any faster than that speed,” he added.

MetroLink trains are also equipped with dead man switches to stop the train in case an operator falls asleep or dies on duty.

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