New York-area rail crashes blamed on lack of apnea testing
A lack of adequate testing for a pernicious sleep disorder was the primary cause of two serious train crashes in New Jersey and New York, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday as they renewed the call for the testing to be mandatory.
The crashes involving a New Jersey Transit train at the Hoboken terminal in September 2016 and a Long Island Rail Road train in Brooklyn in January 2017 killed one person, injured more than 200 and caused more than $11 million in damage.
The Latest: Feds: Apnea testing could have prevented crashes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation on the causes of train crashes in Brooklyn and Hoboken (all times local):
Federal investigators say a lack of adequate testing for sleep apnea was the primary cause of recent train accidents in New York and New Jersey that killed one person, injured more than 200 and caused more than $11 million in damage.
Officials: Man who drove into rail terminal never stopped
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New York man accused of jumping into a police SUV and driving it into the doors of the waiting room of the Hoboken rail terminal never took his foot off the accelerator after crashing into the building.
Forty-six-year-old Santiago Brito-Avalos is charged with burglary, impersonating a law enforcement officer and risk of causing widespread injury or harm in the Jan. 8 incident.
44 train engineers diagnosed with sleep apnea, sidelined
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of New Jersey Transit train engineers were sidelined because testing imposed after a deadly rail crash found they suffered from sleep apnea.
The transit agency screened 373 engineers for sleep disorders, and 57 were taken out of service until a full study could be conducted.
Democrats’ bill requires sleep apnea testing for engineers
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from New York and New Jersey are introducing legislation Thursday to force federal transportation officials to implement a rule to test train engineers for sleep apnea.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced the legislation a week after the National Transportation Safety Board said that the engineers involved in crashes in Hoboken and Brooklyn were suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea went undiagnosed in engineers in 2 train crashes
The engineers of two commuter trains that slammed into New York City-area stations in the last year, killing one person and injuring more than 200 others, were suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea and have no memory of the crashes, according to investigative documents made public Thursday.
Both trains were going more than double the speed limit and crashed at stations that had been exempted from federal regulations requiring automatic speed controls that could've slowed or stopped them.
Police: Man vomited on train, assaulted police officer
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Police say a man faces charges after he vomited at a New Jersey PATH station and then struck a police officer in the face while they were taking him into custody.
Police said Monday that the 24-year-old Newark man was arrested and taken into custody at the Hoboken PATH station after the Saturday disruption. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says officers saw the man holding train doors open and causing a service delay.
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The family of a woman killed when a New Jersey Transit commuter train slammed into a station last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the agency.
Fabiola Bittar de Kroon's family is seeking unspecified compensatory damages in the lawsuit filed in state Superior Court in Hudson County.
Passengers gain more access to Hoboken Terminal
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Rail passengers are gaining more access to Hoboken Terminal after repairs from September's train crash at the station.
More walkways to reach tracks were to be available to commuters on Monday, and a temporary green wall restricting access was to be taken down.
Lawmakers touring transit terminal where train crashed
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Three New Jersey lawmakers are set to tour a train station that was the scene of a fatal derailment last year.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, budget committee chairman Paul Sarlo and legislative oversight committee chairman Bob Gordon will join New Jersey Transit officials at Hoboken Terminal Monday afternoon.
NJ 2016: Terrorism, train crash and tough times for Christie
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had hoped that 2016 was the year he'd be elected president.
Instead, it was a year of rough headlines for the Republican, as he ended his campaign, was made fun of for his early support of fellow Republican Donald Trump, and then was dragged into the headlines for weeks of coverage of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial.
Modern bumper might have mitigated September train crash
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — When a New Jersey Transit commuter train plowed off the end of a track in September, killing a woman standing in the Hoboken station and injuring more than 100 others, the last thing in its way was a concrete-and-steel bumper that was in place when the station opened in 1907.
Family of train crash victim files notice of intent to sue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The family of a woman killed when a New Jersey Transit commuter train slammed into a station this year has filed notice of their intent to sue.
Lawyers for Fabiola Bittar de Kroon's family filed a claim for damages Tuesday. It's the first step in the legal process of filing a lawsuit in New Jersey.
Transit agency sidelines 11 operators over new fatigue rules
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Eleven New Jersey Transit train engineers or conductors have been temporarily removed from duty under a new program to assess fatigue-related conditions begun after a deadly crash this fall, the agency said Wednesday.
No injuries reported when 2 train cars derail in Hoboken
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit says no injuries were reported when two cars of a train derailed as it was entering Hoboken Terminal last weekend.
The agency says the fourth and fifth cars of a six-car Bergen-Main Line train derailed around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Sixty passengers were aboard the train but none were riding in the cars that derailed.
APNewsBreak: Engineer in crash had undiagnosed sleep apnea
The engineer of a commuter train that slammed into a station going double the 10 mph speed limit, killing a woman, suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea, his lawyer said Wednesday, and a U.S. official told The Associated Press that investigators are looking at it as a potential cause.
The official, who was briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter.
The Latest: Engineer’s lawyer confirms sleep apnea diagnosis
The Latest on the investigation into the Hoboken Terminal train crash (all times local):
A lawyer for the engineer of a commuter train that slammed into a station going double the 10 mph speed limit says he was diagnosed with sleep apnea after the accident.
Jack Arsenault says Thomas Gallagher was diagnosed after the Sept. 29 crash in Hoboken. He says in a statement that Gallagher was diagnosed by an expert he had arranged and results were forwarded to investigators on Oct. 31.
NJ Transit boss: Phone use, other violations unacceptable
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have found numerous safety violations on the state's troubled commuter rail system, including the lack of on-board emergency tools and working fire extinguishers, trains stopping too close to each other and workers using cellphones when they shouldn't have.
New Jersey Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro disclosed the findings on Friday to a panel of state lawmakers investigating the agency after a fatal train crash in Hoboken in September.
Officials reveal the safety problems found at NJ Transit before Hoboken crash
Months before a fatal train crash at Hoboken Terminal, federal inspectors found a series of safety problems at NJ Transit, including railroad workers using personal cell phones while on duty, failure to equip trains with proper emergency equipment, and train crew members failing to perform required brake tests on trains. Those problems were revealed for the first time Friday during a joint legislative hearing into safety and leadership problems at NJ Transit.
New Jersey lawmakers keep heat on transit agency after crash
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers investigating last month's fatal train crash in Hoboken are keeping the pressure on state transportation officials, demanding answers to questions on finances and safety they say weren't adequately addressed at a hearing last week.
Senior NJ Transit leaders skip hearing on deadly train crash
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit's top officials skipped a state oversight hearing Friday to meet with federal regulators, upsetting lawmakers eager to question them about their agency's poor safety record and slow deployment of sophisticated technology that could have prevented a deadly crash last month.
Top NJ Transit officials skip today’s public hearing on agency’s finances and safety
Top leaders of NJ Transit -- including newly appointed executive director Steven Santoro -- skipped a public hearing Friday at the Statehouse into the agency's finances, leadership and safety, three weeks after a fatal train crash at Hoboken Terminal.
Legislators were informed by text at 9 p.m. Thursday that Santoro and other NJ Transit officials would not appear, said Assemblyman John McKeon, who is leading an investigation into the beleaguered agency.
Growing calls for railroad probe in wake of station crash
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's commuter railroad is facing growing calls for more scrutiny at federal and state levels amid questions about its safety after one of its trains crashed into a station last month, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100.
New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday voted to grant themselves subpoena power as they begin to look into the Sept. 29 crash at Hoboken Terminal.
The Latest: Lawmakers approve subpoena power in train crash
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the New Jersey Legislature's investigation into the Hoboken train crash (all times local):
The Democrat-led New Jersey Assembly has voted to grant itself subpoena power as it begins an investigation into last month's fatal train crash in Hoboken.
A New Jersey Transit train last month crashed into Hoboken Terminal, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 people.
Rail Service Fully Restored at NJ Station
Additional tracks reopen at Hoboken Terminal
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Rail service was fully restored Monday at a New Jersey transit station damaged last month when a train traveling more than twice the speed limit crashed, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 other people.
The return of full service into Hoboken Terminal comes less than three weeks after the crash.
Six more tracks opened at 4 a.m. Monday. New Jersey Transit also noted that the station's ticket office has resumed operations.
The Latest: Hoboken rail service fully restored after crash
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on train service being fully restored at Hoboken Terminal less than three weeks after deadly crash (all times local):
Rail service has been fully restored at Hoboken Terminal less than three weeks after a commuter train crashed into the station in New Jersey, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 people.
Additional tracks opening Monday morning at Hoboken Terminal
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit says the full restoration of train service into Hoboken Terminal is about to happen, less than three weeks after a train crash there killed a woman and injured more than 100 people.
The agency says six more tracks will open at 4 a.m. Monday. It also noted that the station's ticket office has resumed operations.
But officials say tracks 5 and 6 will remain closed as the transit agency continues repairs.
Lawmakers to feds: Give $10M to NJ Transit for train safety
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers from the New York and New Jersey region and beyond want the federal government to step in to help address safety concerns at New Jersey Transit in the wake of last month's deadly train crash in Hoboken.
Damage to crashed New Jersey train hampering investigation
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Heavy damage to the front of a commuter train that slammed into a station last month, killing a woman and injuring 100 other people, is hampering the investigation into what went wrong.
The Latest: Lawmakers weighing subpoena power in crash probe
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the Hoboken, New Jersey, train crash (all times local):
New Jersey lawmakers are seeking subpoena power to investigate New Jersey Transit after a commuter train crashed into a Hoboken station killing a woman and injuring more than 100 people.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Thursday lawmakers will consider a resolution granting the Judiciary Committee power to issue subpoenas to require hearing attendance.
APNewsBreak: NJ Transit tops list of accidents, safety fines
The railroad whose rush-hour train slammed into a New Jersey station last month, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 people, has had more accidents and paid more in fines for safety violations than any other commuter railroad in the country over the past five years, federal safety data show.
Hoboken Train Crash Victim Announces Suit
Passenger who lost end of finger in train crash plans to sue
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who lost part of a finger and suffered other injuries in a deadly train crash has filed notice of his intent to sue.
Lawyers for Sheldon Kest announced the planned lawsuit against New Jersey Transit during a news conference in Newark on Tuesday.
The 66-year-old Tenafly man was a passenger in the front car of the train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29. He also suffered a broken nose and lacerations to his head and face.
Train Service Resumes at Hoboken, NJ Station
Rail service resumes at New Jersey station after fatal crash
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Rail service resumed Monday at a transit station damaged when a train traveling more than twice the speed limit crashed, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 other people.
The return of partial service into Hoboken Terminal was welcomed by commuters — even if some had still-painful memories of the Sept. 29 crash.
The Latest: Train service resumes after New Jersey crash
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on train service resuming at Hoboken Terminal more than a week after deadly crash (all times local):
Commuter rail service has resumed at a New Jersey transit station damaged after a train crash killed a woman on the platform and injured more than 100.
Eight of the 17 tracks at Hoboken Terminal reopened Monday.
Tracks 1 to 9 will remain out of service until further notice as repair work continues in that section of the busy station.
Train service set to resume after deadly New Jersey crash
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Rail service is set to resume at a New Jersey transit station damaged after a deadly train crash.
New Jersey Transit says eight of the 17 tracks at the Hoboken Terminal will reopen Monday morning.
The agency says Tracks 10 to 17 will be open for rail service, beginning with the first train. But Tracks 1 to 9 will remain out of service until further notice as repair work continues in that section of the terminal.
Without comment last week, NJ Transit issued an unusual bulletin directing rail personnel — usually conductors — to move up to the driving cabs as engineers pull commuter trains into the Hoboken and Atlantic City terminals so they can ensure that a "train is operated safely."
The Latest: Lawmakers say they’ll request state crash probe
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly New Jersey Transit train crash in Hoboken (all times local):
New Jersey lawmakers say they'll ask the state's auditor to investigate last week's crash of a commuter train at the Hoboken (HOH'-boh-kehn) terminal.
Democratic Assemblyman John McKeon said on Friday that Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (pree-AY'-toh) will ask the state auditor to investigate the crash, likely by Monday.
Train service set to resume after deadly New Jersey crash
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rail service at a New Jersey transit station damaged after a train crash last week that killed a woman on the platform and injured more than 100 will resume Monday, as officials continue to investigate why the train was traveling twice the speed limit before it hit the station.
The state will launch an investigation into NJ Transit after a series of accidents and budget crises that culminated in a fatal train accident last week in Hoboken, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Friday.
The probe, to be led by State Auditor Stephen Eells, will look into NJ Transit’s safety record, budget problems and its interactions with federal safety regulators, said Assemblyman John McKeon, D-Morris, who asked for the investigation.
Damaged NJ Train Removed from Station
NTSB: Train in New Jersey crash was going twice speed limit
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Transit commuter train sped up and was going twice the 10 mph speed limit just before it crashed into Hoboken's terminal last week, killing a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 people, federal investigators said Thursday.
NJ Transit to Beyonce concertgoers: Expect delays, crowds
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit says last week's deadly train crash in Hoboken (HOH'-boh-kehn) is affecting service to Beyonce's upcoming concert.
It says customers heading to Friday night's concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford should build in extra time traveling. Overcrowding and delays are possible, and concertgoers also should plan for long wait times after the show.
Customers can use the Coach USA bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York as an alternative.
The Latest: Damaged Hoboken train to be removed from station
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into last week's crash of a New Jersey Transit train at the Hoboken Terminal (all times local):
New Jersey Transit officials say the damaged commuter train that crashed into Hoboken's terminal is ready to be removed.
The train bound to Hoboken from Spring Valley, New York, crashed on the morning of Sept. 29.
After crash, NJ Transit says two crew members must be in front car of trains pulling into Hoboken
Under investigation on multiple fronts for its train safety practices after a fatal crash at Hoboken Terminal last week, NJ Transit has issued new instructions to its rail employees requiring that two members of the train crew must be in the front car of every train pulling into Hoboken, an agency spokesperson confirmed Wednesday night.
Extracting data from recorders in train crash may take days
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal investigators are working to extract data from an event recorder on board a New Jersey commuter train that crashed last week, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 others, but say it may be a few days before they release the information.
Investigators analyze data recorder from NJ train crash
HOBOKEN, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators are working to analyze data and video recorders from a New Jersey commuter train that crashed last week, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 others.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are analyzing the equipment from the New Jersey Transit train to see if they can provide useful information about Thursday's crash. The data recorder should contain speed and braking information.
Official: Investigators estimate train in crash was speeding
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal investigators estimate a commuter train was traveling two to three times the 10 mph speed limit when it slammed into a New Jersey rail station last week, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.