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.
Prieto’s announcement comes after an Associated Press report found NJ Transit had more accidents and paid more in fines for safety violations than any other commuter railroad in the country over the past five years.
Prieto says the public deserves a thorough investigation.
NJ Transit officials declined to comment on the AP’s findings, citing the ongoing investigation into the Sept. 29 Hoboken crash. In the past, they’ve touted safety as their top priority.
Heavy damage to the front of a commuter train that slammed into a New Jersey station last month, killing a woman and injuring 100 people, is hampering the investigation into what went wrong.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Thursday that it has scheduled additional testing after finding that the electronics controlling the train’s brakes and propulsion system were destroyed in the Sept. 29 crash at Hoboken Terminal.
Investigators say other tests showed the train’s air brake system working as designed.
The New Jersey Transit train’s data recorder showed it speeding up and was going twice the 10 mph speed limit just before it crashed. The train’s engineer hit the emergency brake less than a second before impact.
The engineer has told federal investigators he has no memory of the crash.