Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the national media rounds this morning to discuss the investigation into the deadly train derailment in the Bronx on Sunday, making appearances on NBC’s “Today” and CNN’s “New Day” to discuss the latest.
On “New Day” — where he was interviewed by his brother, anchor Chris Cuomo — Governor Cuomo echoed much of what he said Sunday: that the derailment wasn’t likely caused by a curve in the Metro-North tracks alone. The three possible causes, he said, were the condition of the track, the speed of the train and operator error.
“There’s a lesson to learn from it. We will,” Andrew Cuomo told Chris Cuomo. “That’s why the NTSB being here I think is very helpful. They’re an independent agency. They are all about the facts. And whatever it is, it is.”
Cuomo told NBC’s Matt Lauer that he believes speed played a role in the derailment, though it’s not clear whether it was equipment failure or operator error.
“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,” Cuomo said. “It’s not about the turn. 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.”
You can watch Cuomo’s CNN interview below. His NBC interview is here.