HOBOKEN, N.J. — Federal investigators on Friday started sorting through evidence from the train crash that killed a 34-year-old woman, injured more than 100 other people and caused major damage to a busy transportation hub, seeking to determine why the train sped off its track and into the historic terminal here, according to The New York Times.
The process to determine what caused the New Jersey Transit commuter train to crash is laced with challenges, investigators said. Among other factors, the damage from the train’s impact, which caused part of the terminal’s roof to collapse after it ran into a wall, has prevented investigators from gaining access to the front car. “There’s a lot of destruction,” Bella Dinh-Zarr, the vice chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the investigation, told reporters on Friday morning. “It’s very difficult to get in.”
Part of the collapsed roof was resting on top of the car. “So, as you can imagine we don’t want anyone to go in there until it’s completely stable,” she said. Machinery was to be brought in to remove the debris from the train.