New developments in the Hoboken train crash


HOBOKEN, N.J. (WRIC) —  New developments have occurred in relation to the Hoboken train crash.

The train did so much damage to the station that the recorder and camera at the front of the train are still unavailable to clean up crews.

So far only one data recorder has been recovered which has been sent to the manufacturer to read the data.

The train left at 7:23 a.m. and video footage shows it operating normally.

And yet, just 40 minutes later, the train crashed into the Hoboken Station.

The speed limit entering the station is 10 miles an hour. Some suggest the speed of the train that crashed was three times that before it crashed.

Despite the impact, the engineer was found slumped over the controls.

Initially, rescue crews had trouble extricating him from the cockpit.

Since then he has been released from the hospital and has been in contact with investigators but has not been interviewed yet.

48-year-old Thomas Gallagher has been with the New Jersey transit department for 29 years.

Otherwise, the only fatality in the incident involved a 34-year-old mother named Fabiola Bittar de Kroon. She had just dropped off her child at daycare prior to the incident.

A bystander named Rahman Perkins who ran into the station after the crash in an effort to help crash victims spoke with reporters about Bittar de Kroon’s last moments.

“I told her, ‘Miss, I’m not gonna leave you. I’m not gonna let you … if you’re gonna die, you’re not gonna die by yourself right now. I’m gonna be here with you,'” Perkins said.

More video also exists that has been recovered from the station and analyzed.

Bodily fluids from the engineer at the time of the accident have been sent for a toxicology report and the electronic devices of all the crew members are being examined.

Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to