Hoboken train blackbox didn’t record anything

NTSB investigators say this data recorder was not functioning at the time of the crash. (Photo by NTSB)

NTSB investigators say this data recorder was not functioning at the time of the crash. (Photo by NTSB)

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 would have provided the trains speed and if brakes were applied. 

National Transportation Safety Board vice chair T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said Sunday she’s hopeful the data 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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