Official: Investigators estimate train in crash was speeding

October 4, 2016
This Oct. 1, 2016, photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board shows damage done to the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, N.J., after a commuter train crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others last week. Officials said one event recorder recovered so far from the train was not functioning on the day of the accident, but NTSB vice chair T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said the NTSB is hopeful the data recorder that is in the cab control car in the front of the train is functional. (Chris O'Neil/NTSB photo via AP)

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A U.S. official says investigators estimate a commuter train was traveling 20 to 30 mph when it slammed into a New Jersey rail terminal last week.

The official was briefed on the investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

The official says federal investigators are basing the speed estimate on the extent of damage caused by the crash, which killed a woman and injured more than 100 people.

Investigators are working to access a device in the train that records its speed.

The Hoboken station’s speed limit is 10 mph, and the engineer told investigators that’s how fast the train was going.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to provide an update on the investigation late Tuesday afternoon.

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