The Latest: 1st recorder recovered from train not working
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a commuter train that crashed into a station in New Jersey, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others (all times local):
Officials say one data recorder recovered so far from the New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed in Hoboken killing one and injuring more than 100 was not functioning the day of the accident.
The locomotive’s recorder is supposed to store train speed information.
National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said Sunday she’s hopeful the recorder in the cab control car in the front of the train is functional. That has yet to be recovered.
Dinh-Zarr said the train’s engineer told investigators the train was operating properly before it crashed Thursday morning. The engineer also said the train was operating at 10 mph as it approached the station. He told investigators he has no memory of the accident.
Investigators said the conductor said he didn’t see anything unusual about the train’s speed.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it’s still not clear why a New Jersey Transit commuter train was traveling so fast when it crashed in Hoboken, killing one and injuring more than 100.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican said there were several possible reasons, such as engineer error, a medical emergency or a mechanical failure. He said people should let the National Transportation Safety Board “do their work,” adding that “you let the facts lead you to the appropriate conclusion.”
NTSB officials say it has interviewed the engineer, but declined further comment.
Christie also noted the investigation was being delayed in part because debris from the crash has prevented investigators from reaching all the train cars.
The NTSB will hold a briefing at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Federal data shows New Jersey Transit trains have been involved in more than 150 accidents that caused more than $4.8 million in damage to tracks or equipment since 2011, and the commuter rail has paid more than $500,000 to settle safety violations.
Federal Railroad Administration information shows that NJ Transit settled 183 safety violations — ranging from employee drug and alcohol use to violations of railroad operating rules or practices — since Jan. 1, 2011.
A U.S. official told The Associated Press Saturday that months before Thursday’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, federal rail officials found dozens of violations during an audit focusing on the rail line’s safety and operations.
The official, who was familiar with the audit, spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation.