NEW YORK Oct 4 Investigators looking into what
caused last week's fatal New Jersey Transit train crash at
Hoboken Terminal have recovered the data and video recorders
from the lead car, officials said on Tuesday.
Jim Southworth, who is leading the National Transportation
Safety Board's examination of the accident, told reporters that
investigators removed the recorders at about 10:30 a.m., along
with the cell phone and other personal effects of the train's
The data recorder, similar to an airplane's black box that
tracks speed and other information, may provide clues to what
happened when the train went crashing through Hoboken Terminal
on Sept. 29, killing a 34-year-old woman and injuring 108 people
during the morning rush hour.
The derailment caused serious damage at the historic
station, including a partial roof collapse.
"We expect the recorders will be able to provide
investigators with speed information, throttle position, braking
information" and other data, Southworth said.
The devices recovered from the train were sent to
Washington, D.C., for analysis, Southworth said, adding that it
was too early to know whether the data recorder is operational.
Investigators previously pulled an older data recorder from the
train's rear car but found it was not working.
The damage caused by the crash had raised concerns that the
station might be unstable, and it was only on Monday evening
that investigators and New Jersey officials concluded that it
was safe to enter the train's first car, Southworth said.
All New Jersey Transit service into and out of Hoboken
remains suspended, though other rail services are running, such
as the subway-like PATH system that connects to Manhattan.
Thomas Gallagher, the 29-year NJ Transit veteran who was
operating the train, has told investigators the train was moving
at the speed limit of 10 miles per hour when it was nearing the
station but that he does not remember the crash itself.
Witnesses, including passengers on the train, have said the
train appeared to enter the station too fast and did not slow
down as it approached the platform.
Southworth declined to comment on how fast the train may
have been going, saying the data recorder should help answer
(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Gina Cherelus; Editing by David