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FILE - This Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, provided by the National Transportation Safety Board shows damage done to the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, N.J., after a commuter train crash. New Jersey Transit is implementing a new rule after the crash. NJ Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson said the conductor must join the engineer whenever a train pulls into Hoboken Terminal or Atlantic City. That means a second set of eyes will be watching as a train enters the final phase of its trip at stations where there are platforms at the end of the rails. (Chris O'Neil/NTSB photo via AP, File)

The train that crashed into the Hoboken Terminal accelerated from 8 mph to 21 mph



Event recorders from the train that crashed into the Hoboken Terminal last week have revealed to investigators that the train sped up approximately 38 seconds before the collision from 8 mph to 21 mph, twice the speed limit. 

The event recorder also indicated that the throttle was moved from the idle position to the #4 position prior to the accident.  

The train's emergency break was activated less than a second before the crash occurred. 

Cameras on the front of the train showed that the cab car collided with the end of track #5 at Hoboken Terminal. 

A large flash was seen just before the car collided with a bumping post on the track. 

The camera also captured the sound of the train's horn sounding about a minute before the impact. The train's bell sounded after the horn until the train crashed. 

The findings are subject to change, but the 21 mph speed the event recorder clocks the train at is consistent with estimates the NTSB had made in the days immediately following the crash. 

The investigation remains in the fact-gathering phase, which could take a year or more.

The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to determine a probable cause for the crash. They don't want to make any assumptions based off these facts alone and will be continuing their investigation. 

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