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David Clarke

Center for Transportation Research Director spoke with the Associated Press about this week’s New York City subway derailment in a Harlem tunnel.

Clarke, who also serves as a research associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discussed the cause of the wreck, a spare rail that encroached upon the tracks.

Noting that it was unlikely that the rail could have been vibrated into such a position due to its immense weight, Clarke added:

“You have to make sure employees are aware that whatever is near the track is not a hazard. In this case, somebody apparently failed.”

The Center for Transportation Research, housed in the Tickle College of Engineering, was founded in 1972 and is one of the premier transport research centers.

The full story on the subway crash can be read here