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New York governor: speed likely cause of train crash

Published on Dec 3, 2013 12:22 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that a subway train that derailed in a devastating accident that killed four passengers and wounded 67 others was probably travelling too fast.

There are three possibilities behind Sunday's crash, which struck during America's post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy, Mr Cuomo said: "Problem with the track, equipment problem or operator error."

"Working with the experts over the past day, I think it is going to be speed-related," he told NBC, adding that the sharp curve where the train veered off the tracks was not enough to explain the accident.

"This was a tricky turn on the system, but it's a turn that's been here for decades and trains negotiate all day long," he said. "I think it's going to turn out to be about the speed more than anything, and the operator's operation of the train at that time."

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