NJ Transit train was going twice the speed limit when it crashed into Hoboken Terminal: NTSB

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NEW JERSEY — The National Transportation Safety Board revealed Thursday the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal last week was going twice the speed limit at the moment of impact.

Officials also say the train's engineer hit the emergency brake less than a second before the crash.

The NTSB released the findings that were gleaned from data recorders aboard the train.

The NTSB says the event recorder data retrieved from the crash site indicated the train was traveling at 8 mph and sped up for about 30 seconds before hitting 21 mph.

The speed limit for the station area is 10 mph.

When the train collided with the bumping post, it was traveling 21 mph.

However the train's engineer, identified as Thomas Gallagher, had told NTSB investigators the train was traveling 10 mph when it was entering the station. He said he had no memory of the crash and was alone when it happened.

The NJ Transit train crashed into the Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, killing one person and injuring more than 100. Witnesses said "it was like a bomb went off" when the train collided.

Gallagher was among the people injured and was released from the hospital hours after the crash and questioned by investigators.

The woman killed in the crash was identified as Fabiola Bitter de Kroon, a 34-year-old mom who was standing on the platform at the time. She was killed by falling debris.

Two data recorders were retrieved — one that was over 20 years old and another from a newer passenger car.

A final report could take a year or longer to complete.

NJ Transit has already begun implementing changes following the deadly crash. A conductor now must join the engineer when a train is pulling into the Hoboken Terminal or Atlantic City station.

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