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Metro-North Driver Said to Have Lost Focus Before Crash

Investigators believe the driver of a Metro-North Railroad train wasn’t fully alert moments before the train rounded a curve at almost three times the speed limit and jumped the tracks, killing four people and seriously injuring 11, said a person familiar with the probe.

The driver, William Rockefeller, 46, wasn’t paying attention, based on statements he made to interviewers moments after the incident, said the person, who requested anonymity because details of the federal investigation aren’t yet public. It’s not known whether the driver was asleep, the person said.