New Jersey Train Was Traveling at Twice Speed Limit Before Crash
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Oct 11, 2016 in Personal Injury News
Investigators have recovered the black box from the commuter train involved in the fatal Sept. 29 New Jersey train crash. Recordings released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) show the train was traveling twice the posted speed limit of 10 mph when the accident took place.
The accident at a Hoboken terminal killed one woman who was standing on the platform in the station and injured more than 100 people.
Data recordings and video captured from a camera at the front of the train showed that less than one minute before the accident, the train was traveling at eight miles per hour and the throttle was in the idle position.
However, 38 seconds before impact, the train reached a maximum speed of 21 mph as the throttle increased. Just one second before the crash, the throttle was back in the idle position and the engineer pulled the train’s emergency brake.
Terrifying video from the forward view of the train’s camera shows the locomotive hitting and jumping the bumper at the track’s end, resulting in a giant flash. The accident’s force damaged the terminal’s ceiling, sending debris down onto the train.
According to a New Jersey Transit engineer, all New Jersey Transit trains are equipped with alarm systems to alert engineers if the train exceeds 20 mph. An NTSB transit official reported that it is unknown if the alarm system on the train went off, but it is being looked at as part of the investigation.
Investigators say it could be more than a year before the crash investigation is completed.
If you sustained injuries in the recent New Jersey train crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Lynch Law Firm will fight to maximize your settlement and hold the parties responsible for the negligence that caused your injuries.
Free Case Review
News & Updates