1st recorder recovered from train not working

The locomotive's recorder is supposed to store train speed information

Damage is seen on a section of the roof of the Hoboken station as seen from Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. A crowded commuter train plowed into the bustling station during the morning rush hour Thursday, injuring more than 100 in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said.
Damage is seen on a section of the roof of the Hoboken station as seen from Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. A crowded commuter train plowed into the bustling station during the morning rush hour Thursday, injuring more than 100 in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – Officials say one data recorder recovered so far from the New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed in Hoboken killing one and injuring more than 100 was not functioning the day of the accident.

The locomotive’s recorder is supposed to store train speed information.

National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said Sunday she’s hopeful the recorder in the cab control car in the front of the train is functional. That has yet to be recovered.

Dinh-Zarr said the train’s engineer told investigators the train was operating properly before it crashed Thursday morning. The engineer also said the train was operating at 10 mph as it approached the station. He told investigators he has no memory of the accident.

Investigators said the conductor said he didn’t see anything unusual about the train’s speed.

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