The Latest: Lawmaker seeks accounting of NJ Transit offenses
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a New Jersey train that killed one woman and injured more than 100 people. (all times local):
A New Jersey lawmaker is calling on federal and state railroad officials to give a public accounting of safety violations at New Jersey Transit in the wake of a deadly train crash.
Democratic Assemblyman John McKeon’s comments Monday after the crash in Hoboken last week came in response to a report that officials found dozens safety violations.
A U.S. official told The Associated Press that months before Thursday’s deadly train crash, federal rail officials found violations during an audit that focused on NJ Transit’s safety and operations.
The official, who was familiar with the Federal Railroad Administration audit, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation.
A spokesman for NJ Transit hasn’t responded to requests for comment.
— Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Hoboken contributed to this report.
The engineer of a commuter train that crashed in New Jersey, killing one person and injuring more than 100, has told investigators he has no memory of the crash.
National Transportation Safety Board vice chair T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said Sunday that Thomas Gallagher told investigators he remembers waking up on the floor of the train’s cab after Thursday’s crash.
Dinh-Zarr says Gallagher told investigators he was operating at 10 mph as his NJ Transit train approached the station.
Officials say one data recorder recovered from the train wasn’t functioning on the day of the crash. That recorder is supposed to store speed and braking information.
Dinh-Zarr says investigators are hoping a second recorder in the front of the train is functional. They haven’t been able to recover that recorder yet.