Brakes were working in New Jersey commuter train crash -report | Reuters

By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday the brakes were working on a crowded New Jersey Transit train that crashed into the Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, killing one and injuring 110 people.On the day of the accident, the train, which was six minutes late, had four cars when it normally has five cars and was so crowded the conductor said he was unable to collect fares, the NTSB said in a preliminary report on the accident.

Reuters October 13, 2016 23:46:33 IST
Brakes were working in New Jersey commuter train crash -report
| Reuters

Brakes were working in New Jersey commuter train crash report
 Reuters

By David Shepardson
| WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday the brakes were working on a crowded New Jersey Transit train that crashed into the Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, killing one and injuring 110 people.On the day of the accident, the train, which was six minutes late, had four cars when it normally has five cars and was so crowded the conductor said he was unable to collect fares, the NTSB said in a preliminary report on the accident. Investigators have not found any mechanical issues with the signal and train control systems, the report said, adding that while the train's electrical communication network was destroyed in the crash, a friction brake test showed the brakes functioned as designed.The NTSB previously said the train was traveling at 8 miles per hour (13 kph) 38 seconds before impact and then began to increase in speed to 21 miles per hour (34 kph) at impact -- twice the speed limit -- and that emergency brakes were applied one second before the crash.

The report said a review of the event data recorder confirmed the speed of the train. The NTSB said it has recovered good quality forward-facing color video and audio from an exterior microphone.The engineer told the NTSB his cell phone was stored and turned off in his personal backpack and he conducted required brake tests on the train prior to departure. As the train approached the end of the platform, he blew the horn, checked his speedometer, and starting ringing the bell.

The engineer said he remembered waking up in the cab laying on the floor after the accident, but has no memory of it.The conductor told the NTSB he did not notice anything unusual about the engineer's behavior.

The Hoboken station reopened on Monday with commuter service partially restored. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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