Railroad Investigators Seek Clues After Hoboken, NJ Train Crash

Just days after a serious train crash that injured more than 100 and killed a woman in New Jersey, investigators recovered one of two event recorders on the train only to find it wasn’t working.

The device was meant to provide vital clues as to why the train was hurtling past its stopping point at the Hoboken station, striking a concourse and causing serious damage to the station. Now investigators are looking for a second device beneath the station wreckage.

The scene from the train crash in New Jersey

The wreck is just the latest to be caused by a speeding train in the United States and raises new questions about technology that’s meant to prevent these kinds of wrecks.

The National Transportation Safety Board is seeking clues about the shocking crash on Thursday morning during the busy commute into New York City.

The train was packed with passengers. It hit a bumper block, left the tracks and smashed into the concourse at about 8:45 a.m. during rush hour. The wreckage killed a woman who was waiting on the platform and injured more than 100 others.

The event recorders may provide vital information about the speed the train was traveling at and whether the driver braked.

Investigators from the NTSB interviewed train crew members, including the engineer, a brakeman, and a conductor.  Blood and urine samples were sent off to a laboratory for toxicology tests.

In all, 114 people who were on the train and the platform were injured Four patients remained in local hospitals on Friday evening. Three were reported to be in a stable condition but one remained in intensive care.

The sole fatality was named as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old woman. She died after she was hit by debris on the platform, according to reports.

This serious train crash occurred more than a year after an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that killed eight and injured dozens of passengers.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we help passengers who have been hurt in train crashes. We also help railroad workers who are injured on the job. While the railroads are safer places than our interstates, there are still far too many serious crashes that kill and main passengers or commuters. If you have been hurt in a train crash call our railroad team today at (757) 455-0077.

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