Investigators Struggle In New Jersey Transit Train Accident
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Investigators were encouraged after a data recorder was recovered from
the wreckage after the New Jersey Transit
train accident last week. However, officials have confirmed today that the data recorder
wasn't working during the crash. This new development has further
complicated the investigation to figure out exactly what went wrong in
last week’s deadly train crash. A woman was killed, and more than
100 others were injured when a NJ Transit train slammed into the Hoboken
Terminal on Thursday morning.
New Jersey Transit officials said the terminal's signals appeared to
be working normally. Despite the claims from the engineer who told investigators
that he was going 10 mph, the chairwoman of the National Transportation
Safety Board stated publically that the train was traveling far too fast.
The non-functioning data recorder would have resolved this discrepancy
with the actual speed the train was traveling. Officials say not all is
lost and there is still another data recorder located on the train along
with a front camera. The extensive wreckage has prevented investigators
from getting the second recorder and camera. They will have to wait until
the surrounding structure is safe before moving forward.
The 48-year-old engineer has been questioned and analyzed by investigators
including toxicology tests. He told officials he remembers nothing of
the crash and had successfully completed all braking tests before the
accident. The only thing that was unusual according to the engineer was
the overly packed train cars during the morning rush. Investigators continue
to work through the mounds of evidence obtained.
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