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Was Excessive Speed Factor In Deadly Train Derailment?

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A commuter train jumped the tracks Sunday morning in the Bronx, just barely missing the water. Four people died and more than 60 were injured.

Federal investigators are returning to the scene Monday morning as they conduct an exhaustive investigation into what caused the deadly derailment.

Meanwhile, officials are warning some 26,000 weekday riders on the nation's second-biggest commuter railroad to brace for crowded trains Monday morning.

The train derailment happened just after 7 a.m. at Palisades Avenue and Independence Avenue.

Four cars fell off the tracks-two flipped over on their sides.

The ill-fated Metro-North train came to rest just inches from the water on a bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet.

It was carrying roughly 150 passengers and was heading from Poughkeepsie to Penn Station.

Police say three of the four people who were killed were found outside and were thrown from the train.

Others were rushed to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical.

More than 100 emergency personnel rushed to the scene, some lifting the tons of steel and glass off the victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board says its investigators could spend up to 10 days at the scene investigating all aspects of the crash. They will be looking at the train's data recorders and analyzing everything from the condition of the tracks to the crew's performance.

Officials believe the black box, which has been found, will provide key information about what caused the train to leave the tracks.

They'll also be interviewing the train engineer, who was among the injured.

Authorities are looking at whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error played a role.

Some witnesses say the train seemed to be going too fast at it took a curve in what is designated as a "slow speed area."

The speed limit on the curve is 30 miles per hour compared to 70 miles per hour in the area approaching it.

This morning the Metropolitan Transit Authority is providing shuttle buses to ferry passengers between stops and to another rail line, but the MTA is also urging riders who can work from home, to do so.

We learned that the train had been lifted upright just before speaking to Fox's Robert Moses live from the Bronx. You can hear more details in this video report.

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