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Data recorders recovered from deadly train crash

New York residents have no doubt heard about the fatal train accident that took place in New Jersey in September. On Sept. 29, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into Hoboken station, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 other people. The question of what caused the train accident has yet to be answered, though data recorders recovered from the train have provided some information.

On Oct. 13, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report about its ongoing investigation of the Hoboken train crash. The report included information that was acquired from interviews of the engineer and the conductor as well as information gleaned from an event data recorder and a video data recorder. The data recorders, both undamaged, were not recovered until Oct. 4.

The train engineer said that he was well rested before the accident, and his cellphone was stored in his backpack and turned off. He said that he was traveling at 10 mph when he pulled into the station, and the next thing he remembers is waking up on the floor of his cab. According to the event data recorder, the train throttle went from idle to the No. 4 position just 38 seconds before the crash. After the train reached 21 mph, the throttle went back to idle, and the emergency brake was used less than one second before the train hit the bumping post.

An investigation into these types of mass transit accidents often take months before a conclusion is reached. Those who have been injured in one may want to meet with an attorney to learn about the applicable statute of limitations and how best to seek compensation for their losses.

Source: ABC 7 NY, "NTSB's report on Hoboken train crash reveals new details about engineer, conductor interviews," Oct. 13, 2016

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