U.S. crash investigators in the U.S. are preparing to study the event recorder from the train which ploughed into a station in New Jersey. Paul Chapman reports.
NJ train crash event recorder in spotlight
U.S. accident investigators are preparing to study the event recorder from the train which smashed through a New Jersey station at the height of Thursday’s morning rush hour.
One person died, more than a hundred others have been injured.
The event recorder tracks data from the train rather like an airliner’s black box flight recorder.
National Transport Safety Board officials say they’re hoping it’ll help pinpoint what went wrong.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) NTSB VICE CHAIRMAN BELL DINH-ZARR SAYING:
“We are going to be pulling the event recorder from the locomotive which – It is safe to do that at this point – so once we pull that we’ll have more information about the speed and braking and other issues.”
Witnesses have been describing the devastation in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) CRASH WITNESS KERI ANTAS SAYING:
“There were people on the ground, bloody, with black smoke on them.”
(SOUNDBITE)(English) HOBOKEN RESIDENT LOUIE MELENDEZ SAYING:
“I’m heartbroken, really heartbroken, I live here and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”
Officials say the train driver, who was among the injured, has been released from hospital and is co-operating with investigators.