Victims in New York Train Derailment Identified

Investigators interview engineer


Investigators probing the derailment of a New York passenger train hoped to interview the engineer Monday or Tuesday as they tried to determine if speed, equipment failure or another factor caused seven cars to hurtle off the tracks, killing four passengers who were riding into Manhattan.

The victims included a family man headed into the city to help light the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree; a nurse going home after her overnight shift at a children's rehab center; a woman traveling into the city for a show with her sister, who survived; and a building superintendent going to work and described by his wife as "a wonderful husband, a wonderful daddy."

The Metro-North train No. 8808 was rounding a bend in the Bronx about 7:20 a.m. Sunday when it flew off the tracks. All seven cars went off the rails, and some of them slid down a hill and came to rest just feet from the Harlem River.