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NTSB: New Jersey Train That Crashed Sped Up at Last Second

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

A New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed into a Hoboken terminal last week sped up and was going twice the 10 mph speed limit, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

The findings come from a data recorder and video from the front of the train, the Associated Press reports.

Less than a second before the crash, the train’s engineer used the emergency brake, the NTSB said.

The train was traveling 8 mph until about 38 seconds before the crash, when the throttle increased and train sped up to a maximum of 21 mph.

The train has an alert system that sounds an alarm when the train exceeds 20 mph. It’s still unclear whether the system worked.

Investigators Retrieve Data Recorders from Train That Crashed in New Jersey

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

The investigation into the New Jersey Transit train crash hit a new phase after investigators reached the train’s lead car to retrieve data recorders.

It was a big break after investigators discovered that the data recorder in the rear of the train had malfunctioned.

“Now is when we get very, very busy,” Jim Southworth, investigator in charge for the transit safety agency, said, the USA Today reports.  

Recovered from the front of the train were the data and video recorders that “appears to be in good shape,” Southworth said Tuesday.

It still wasn’t clear whether the devices were working at the time of the crash, which killed one woman and injured more than 100.

“We expect the recorders will be able to provide the investigators with speed information, throttle positions, braking system information, and about 100 other parameters, as well as a video image of the accident,” Southworth said.

Federal Investigators Struggle to Determine Cause of New Jersey Train Crash

By Steve Neavling

The federal investigation into the crash of a commuter train in Hoboken, N.J., has failed so far to uncover what went wrong because of a lack of evidence.

The New Kersey Transit train crashed into the wall of a station, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others.

Investigators said one of the train’s data recorder was not working at the time of the crash. The second data recorder is trapped in the front of the train, and it’s too dangerous to retrieve the device at this time, McClatchy reports. 

Also at the front of the train is a forward-facing camera that has also been inaccessible.

The NTSB has used a drone to survey the crash scene, but it wasn’t helpful in determining a cause.

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Authorities Say Black Box Wasn’t Working During N.J. Train Crash in Hoboken

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia.

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

Authorities hoping to determine what caused a New Jersey Transit train to crash in Hoboken received bad news Sunday.

The black box that was recovered was not working at the time of the accident, the New York Daily News reports. 

The black box, which was recovered from the rear of the train, recorded no information. It was built in 1995.

The engineer of the train told the National Transportation Safety Board that he doesn’t remember the fatal crash, but said the train was traveling 10 mph as it entered the station.

Another recorder was located at the front end of the train, but it has not been found.

“Right now it is very dangerous to get in there,” NTSB vice chair Bella Dinh-Zarr said. “We’re hopeful that that will have information, that it will be functioning.”

The Thursday morning crash killed one person and injured more than 100 people.

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Bombing Suspect’s Father Said He Warned FBI in 2013 That His Son Had Become Radicalized

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami

By Steve Neavling

The father of the key suspect in the bombings in New York and New Jersey said he warned the FBI in 2014 that his son had become radicalized and “bad.”

The father, Mohammad Rahami, said his son, Ahmad Khan Rahami, changed after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013, ABC News reports. 

“I found a change in his personality. His mind was not the same. He had become bad and I don’t know what caused it but I informed the FBI about it,” he said.

Saying he didn’t believe the FBI took action against his son, the elder Rahami said he is sickened by what his son’s alleged actions.

“I condemn the act of my son and I am sad over injuries caused to people,” he said, adding that he was cooperating fully with investigators.

The son is an Afghan-born U.S. citizen who has been predominately unconscious and incubated since undergoing surgery.

Bombing Suspect Was Investigated by FBI in 2014 After Father Expressed Concerns

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Steve Neavling

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man accused of placing bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI received a tip from Rahami’s father, who expressed concerns about his son, prompting an investigation that included interviews and a review of internal databases.

At the time, the FBI concluded no evidence of “ties to terrorism.”

Rahami’s father spoke to reporters recently and said his son was violent toward family members “for no reason.”

FBI agents “found nothing” during the investigation, according to an official who spoke to the Post.

FBI: ‘No Indication’ of Terror Cell in New York, New Jersey Bombings

By Steve Neavling

Ahmad Kham Rahami, the 28-year-old arrested in connection with the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey, does not appear to belong to a terror cell, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Law Enforcement officials said Rahami appeared to be working alone and was not part of a lager network, the Washington Post reports. 

Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with police.

Rahami was born in Afghanistan but is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The 28-year-old was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree counts for possessing a handgun.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the bombs were “an act of terror,” said no one else was being sought at this time.

William Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division, said authorities have found “no indication that there is a [terror] cell operating in the area.”

Cops Nab Suspect in N.J. and New York Bombings After Shootout

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Allan Lengel

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is suspected of being involved in the bombing incidents over the weekend in New York and New Jersey, was arrested after being shot multiple times and wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. on Monday, ABC News and the New York Times report.

The confrontation happened about 10:30 a.m. after an owner of a bar in Linden reported that someone was sleeping in a hallway of his establishment, ABC News reports.

“One of our police officers went to investigate and to wake him up, and realized that he was [Rahami], the suspect that had been being sought in the bombings,” the mayor told WABC. “He realized it was the suspect and, within moments, the suspect fired on him. And thank God that he had his vest on. And I think that was very helpful for him. I think that saved his life.”

The New York Times reports that Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department told reporters “the officer returned fire” and  Rahami fled, “indiscriminately firing his weapons at passing vehicles.”

Other officers joined the chase, and Rahami was shot multiple times. At least one other officer was injured during the confrontation.