NEW YORK Oct 5 Investigators said on Wednesday
they were collecting information from data and video recorders
removed from the front car of the New Jersey Transit train that
crashed into Hoboken Terminal last week.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a post on
Twitter that its engineers would be able to characterize the
content of the recorders in a few days.
The data recorder, akin to the black box aboard commercial
airplanes, keeps track of various metrics while the train is in
motion, including speed, acceleration and braking.
Investigators at the crash site inside the terminal removed
the recorders from the wreckage on Tuesday. Concerns about the
structural integrity of the station, which was badly damaged in
the accident and has a partially collapsed roof, delayed access
to the lead car.
Data from the recorder could help investigators determine
what caused the Sept. 29 morning rush hour crash that left one
person dead and 108 others injured.
Safety officials previously located a second event recorder
in the rear of the train but said it was not working.
The driver of the train, Thomas Gallagher, has told
investigators the train was traveling at normal speed as it
approached the station but that he has no memory of the crash.
Passengers on the train and witnesses at the station have said
the train did not appear to slow down as it arrived.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Laila Kearney; Editing by Toni