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Emergency officials stand outside of the Hoboken Terminal following a train crash, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Hoboken, N.J. A commuter train crashed into the rail station during the morning rush hour, causing serious damage. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NTSB: Black box recovered from NJ train crash not working

By Michael Balsamo - Associated Press

One event recorder recovered so far from the new Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed in Hoboken killing one and injuring more than 100 more was not functioning on the day of the accident, officials said Sunday. Published October 2, 2016

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In a photo provided by William Sun, people examine the wreckage of a New Jersey Transit commuter train that crashed into the train station during the morning rush hour in Hoboken,, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The crash caused an unknown number of injuries and witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding. (William Sun via AP)

After fatal train crash in New Jersey, investigators seek answers

- Associated Press

Federal investigators are sifting through the wreckage of a train crash in New Jersey to determine what happened before it barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 others.

Train crashes into New Jersey station; 1 dead, 100-plus injured

- Associated Press

A rush-hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling wires.

A subway train arrives Jan. 13, 2015, at the L'Enfant Metro Station in Washington, which is part of the region's public mass transit network. (Associated Press) **FILE**

D.C. Metro train derails; 1 passenger hurt

Associated Press

Metro says a train has derailed in northern Virginia, and fire officials say one of about 75 passengers on the train was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a Tuesday night derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Feds to vote on probable cause of deadly Amtrak derailment

- Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet to detail the probable cause of last year's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, a day after a U.S. official briefed on the investigation revealed that the engineer was distracted by radio transmissions.

The Washington, D.C., Metro Green line. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Riders blast D.C. Metro after track fire causes major delay

- The Washington Times

Subway riders blasted Metro on Monday as a small track fire caused major delays along three rail lines -- the ninth such incident in just over two weeks -- coming days after the transit agency had announced its systemwide repair plans and federal overseers had threatened to defund and shut down Metro operations.

Passengers gather after a train derailed near Dodge City, Kan., Monday, March 14, 2016. An Amtrak statement says the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago early Monday when it derailed just after midnight. (Daniel Szczerba via AP)

NTSB says feed truck shifted track before Amtrak accident in Kansas

- Associated Press

A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator said.

Passengers gather after a train derailed near Dodge City, Kan., Monday, March 14, 2016. An Amtrak statement says the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago early Monday when it derailed just after midnight. (Daniel Szczerba via AP)

Amtrak train derails in southwest Kansas; injuries reported

- Associated Press

An Amtrak train carrying 131 passengers derailed in rural Kansas early Monday, moments after an engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail and applied the emergency brakes, an official said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks to the audience during the funeral service for Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey at the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Md., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Dailey was shot and killed while responding to a complaint at an Abingdon restaurant. Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon was also slain before deputies killed the gunman. (Matt Button/The Baltimore Sun via AP, Pool)

Black Caucus blasts Larry Hogan agenda for racial bias

- The Washington Times

The rift between Democratic legislators and Gov. Larry Hogan grew wider Thursday, as black lawmakers criticized him for not funding minority priorities, and Mr. Hogan compared the legislature to students on spring break "throwing beer bottles off the balcony."

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania Republican, takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 2, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House, Senate negotiators set to work on highway bill

- The Washington Times

House and Senate negotiators sat down Wednesday and pledged to hammer out their first multi-year highway bill in a decade, saying stopgap measures are failing motorists and businesses who contend with America's crumbling roads and infrastructure.

FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Department of Veterans Affairs faces a serious numbers problem _ multiple in fact. It can't count how many veterans died while waiting to sign up for health care. It says some VA hospitals may have to close if the agency can't get $2.5 billion. And a year after scandal rocked the department, congressional Republicans want to know why the number of employees fired is so low. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

House, Senate find a way forward on highways

- The Washington Times

House Republicans said Tuesday they will vote on a three-month highway bill to keep road projects moving past Friday's funding deadline, offering a way out of a standoff with Senate leaders who barreled ahead with their own, multi-year bill before Congress leaves town next month.

In this photo provided by the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, emergency crews respond after a pickup truck crashed into the collapse of an elevated section of Interstate 10, Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Desert Center, Calif. (Chief Geoff Pemberton/CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire via AP)

California I-10 bridge collapse: Travel woes that could last

- Associated Press

All traffic along a major freeway connecting California and Arizona was blocked indefinitely when a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during heavy rain, and the roadway in the opposite direction suffered severe damage, authorities said.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senate Dems to GOP: What's your plan to fix crumbling highways?

- The Washington Times

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Senate Democrats urged Republicans Thursday to reveal their plan for a long-term extension of highway funds, saying the lack of a clear strategy is sowing uncertainty on Capitol Hill and among states that have placed projects on hold.

Lawyer: Amtrak train engineer doesn't remember deadly wreck

- Associated Press

The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash and wasn't on his cellphone or using drugs or alcohol, his attorney said.

Federal investigators are working to determine why an Amtrak train sped up unsafely and jumped the tracks in a Philadelphia neighborhood Tuesday, killing seven and injuring dozens more. (Associated Press)

Amtrak train derailed after racing into sharp curve at 106 mph

- The Washington Times

Federal investigators have determined that the Amtrak train that crashed Tuesday night and killed seven people aboard had been traveling at 106 mph into a 50 mph curve that was not equipped with a widespread safety program to limit train speeds, and which a key federal safety official said Wednesday likely would have prevented the crash.

This July 8, 2013, file photo provided by Surete du Quebec, shows debris from a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (AP Photo/Surete du Quebec, The Canadian Press, File)

U.S., Canada beef up rail car safety

- The Washington Times

In response to a rash of recent crashes, U.S. and Canadian officials Friday announced new safety standards for rail cars transporting flammable liquids, including crude oil.

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