Senators: Put cameras on train tracks, engineers

3:16 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two U.S. senators from the Northeast are calling for trains to be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

Democrats Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut urged the Federal Railroad Administration to implement the cameras during a news conference Sunday at New York's Grand Central Terminal.

Sunday marked a week since a commuter train derailed in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.

A lawyer and union leader for the train's engineer have said he briefly nodded or experienced a daze at the controls.

The railroad administration says it supports the use of cameras in cabs "to further improve safety," adding that it continues to work with the National Transportation Safety Board on the investigation into the New York accident.

The FRA says safety is its "highest priority" and that 2012 was the safest year in railroading history.

The NTSB first recommended installation of audio and video recording cameras in locomotives and operating railway cabs five years ago.

Associated Press

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