Second Event Recorder Uncovered From Hoboken Train Crash
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Investigators have uncovered the speed of the New Jersey Transit
train that crashed in Hoboken last week was traveling over twice the speed limit
for the train to enter the terminal. Investigators say the train had accelerated
to about 21 miles per hour just before it crashed into the terminal on
September 29, killing a woman and wounding more than 100 others.
Investigators had reported last week that the engineer claimed the train
was only going 10-mph at the time of the crash. What investigators now
know is the train was entering the station at eight miles per hour when
it suddenly accelerated. A second event recorder taken from the train’s
wreckage shows the engineer activated the bell that signals its approach
to the terminal before suddenly accelerating and then braking only at
the moment before the train crashed through a bumper and into the terminal wall.
The train crash is still under investigation as to whether the acceleration
in speed was due to a mechanical malfunction or human error. In the initial
interview, the train’s 48-year-old engineer told officials he did
not remember the accident and woke up on the floor of the train’s
cab after the crash. Investigators will work tirelessly to determine exactly
what caused the wreck.
The new information causes many to wonder if the train crash was intentional
and if technologies to prevent the train from accelerating were in place.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there is new technology
known as positive train control that can automatically stop or slow a
train. It has been speculated that this particular technology would have
prevented the crash in Hoboken.
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