He said he started his shift at 6:46 a.m. that morning and felt "fully rested", had his turned off cell phone stored in his backpack, and successfully conducted a required brake test at the beginning of the train's run. Signs posted at an NJ Transit maintenance facility in Hoboken said there had been 10 incidents involving trains between December 2015 and this February, and that the main cause of the incidents was human error.
The next thing he remembered was "waking up on the floor" after the crash, NTSB spokeswoman Bella Dinh-Zarr said at a briefing Sunday evening.
Investigators said the data recorder was over 20 years old.
The NTSB retrieved the event recorder that was in the locomotive at the rear of the train but hasn't been able to download its data and has gone to the manufacturer for help.
With the assistance of NJ Transit, investigators obtained video from other trains that were at the Hoboken Terminal, to see what those cameras captured from the accident event.
Months before Thursday's deadly commuter train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, federal rail officials found dozens of violations during an audit focusing on NJ TRANSIT's safety and operations, a USA official confirmed Saturday.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it's still not clear why a New Jersey Transit commuter train was traveling so fast when it crashed in Hoboken, killing one and injuring more than 100.
The commuter rail agency was fined as a result of the audit, the official said, adding that federal agencies are continuing to work with the railroad to ensure compliance with federal rail safety guidelines.
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The train's conductor also said he noticed nothing unusual about its speed.
The second event recorder remains buried under wreckage that Dinh-Zarr described removing like playing a game of "pick-up-stix". Gallagher was among those injured during the accident.
NTSB investigator Jim Southworth added that it's a "federal requirement that the lead cab auto have a working event recorder". The wreckage can not be safely entered yet because it is under a collapsed section of the station's roof.
New Jersey Transit is the nation's third-busiest commuter system, transporting numerous people who live in northern New Jersey, but work in New York City.
Fabiola Bittar, who was standing on the platform when the train barreled into the terminal, died after part of the ceiling collapsed onto her. First she dropped off her toddler and had a good, but fleeting, conversation with a day care worker.
De Kroon, a 2011 master's degree graduate from Florida International University's College of Business, had previously lived in Florida, but was a Brazil native. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "It's unclear right now what the speed was, so we won't know until we actually get that information".