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Investigators Search for Clues Into Deadly NY Train Crash

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Investigators are still piecing together clues into what caused a  deadly train derailment in New York City.
 ABC's Tahman Bradley has the latest from the crash site.

This morning, a search for answers after a deadly commuter train derailment
here in New York City.
Four people were killed. More than 60 hurt.

Ryan Kelly, Crash Survivor:
"It  was like a movie scene."

Overnight, investigators recovered the black boxes from the mangled Metro-North train in good condition.
They'll be looking into track conditionsthe train's equipmentthe signal
system and the operator.

Earl Weener, NTSB Board Member:
"Our mission is to understand not just what happened, but why it happened."

For the more than 100 passengers aboard, it was a nightmare.

5:54 AM Sunday - the train leaves Poughkeepsie for New York's Grand
Central Terminal.
At 7:20 - traveling southbound - the train approaches a large curve,
jumps the track.
Train cars roll over, windows pop out, passengers are thrown from their
seats.

 Ryan Kelly:
"Everyone was getting thrown around. just people flying back and forth."

Sal Cassano, NYC Fire Commissioner:
"On a workday fully occupied, it would have been a tremendous disaster."

Also overnight, authorities identified the victims.
Among them, 54-year-old James Lovell, a father of four, a lighting expert
who was heading into Manhattan to work on the Rockefeller Center Christmas
tree

Jonathan Kruk, Lovell's Neighbor:
"I'll remember him as having dignity, determination and being a wondeful
father, friend, neighbor."

Also killed, 54-year-old Donna Smith, active in the Girls Scouts and with
her church.

Kathy Cerone, Smith's Neighbor:
"Donna was a wonderful person. she was kind, neighborly, friendly."

Tahman Bradley, ABC News:
Passengers describe the train as speeding at the curve. It's not clear if it was traveling faster than normal. Investigators will be looking at that.
Tahman Bradley, ABC News, the Bronx, New York.

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