Ex­tract­ing data from recorders may take days

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Bal­samo

Feds said it may be days be­fore they re­lease the data from a recorder on board a com­muter train that crashed last week.

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing to ex­tract data from an event recorder on board a New Jer­sey com­muter train that crashed last week, killing a woman and in­jur­ing more than 100 oth­ers, but say it may be a few days be­fore they re­lease the in­for­ma­tion.

Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered the data recorder, a video recorder and the train en­gi­neer’s cell­phone from the front car of the NJ Tran­sit train on Tues­day af­ter­noon. The equip­ment was sent to an agency lab in Wash­ing­ton for anal­y­sis, of­fi­cials said.

“We are ex­tract­ing the data and will be pro­vid­ing a char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the data within the next few days,” NTSB spokesman Chris O’Neil said Wed­nes­day.

At a news brief­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon, NTSB In­ves­ti­ga­tor James South­worth said he didn’t yet know whether the recorders had any use­ful data. A sec­ond event recorder that was re­trieved from the lo­co­mo­tive in the rear of the train wasn’t func­tion­ing on the day of the crash, of­fi­cials have said.

The recorder that was re­trieved on Tues­day ap­peared to be in “fairly good shape,” South­worth said.

“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 added.


James South­worth, In­ves­ti­ga­torin-Charge for the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, is handed the lead car’s video recorder in an anti-static bag from NTSB in­ves­ti­ga­tor Michael Hiller.

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