Black box recovered from wreckage of New Jersey train

2016-09-30 20:04
Workers survey the NJ Transit train that crashed in Hoboken. (Pancho Bernasconi, AFP)

Workers survey the NJ Transit train that crashed in Hoboken. (Pancho Bernasconi, AFP)

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Hoboken - Federal investigators pulled one of the black box recorders from the wrecked commuter train at the Hoboken station and struggled to extract the second one on Friday as they tried to figure out what caused the crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

The two event recorders could contain information on speed, braking and other conditions that can help investigators determine whether the tragedy resulted from an equipment malfunction or a distracted or incapacitated engineer.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be looking to determine how fast the train was going when it crashed at the busy station Thursday morning. They hope to speak to the train's injured engineer on Friday, NTSB Vice Chair T Bella Dinh-Zarr said. State officials say he has been cooperating.

The investigation will seek to answer many questions, including whether a system designed to prevent accidents by overriding the engineer and automatically slowing or stopping trains that are going too fast could have helped if it had been installed on the line.

Investigators recovered an event recorder from the locomotive on Thursday night . The device contains information on the train's speed and braking.

But investigators are struggling to extract a recorder from the forward-facing camera on the train without damaging it, the NTSB said on Friday. That recorder should show what was ahead of the train before it crashed.

More than 100 000 people use New Jersey Transit to commute from New Jersey to New York City each day. The NJ Transit portion of the Hoboken station remained closed on Friday, slowing the morning commute for those making connections there.

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