Federal data: NJ Transit had 150 accidents in 5 years

Source: (William Sun via AP)

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – Federal data shows New Jersey Transit trains have been involved in more than 150 accidents that caused more than $4.8 million in damage to tracks or equipment since 2011, and the commuter rail has paid more than $500,000 to settle safety violations.

Federal Railroad Administration information shows that NJ Transit settled 183 safety violations – ranging from employee drug and alcohol use to violations of railroad operating rules or practices – since Jan. 1, 2011.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press Saturday that months before Thursday’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, federal rail officials found dozens of violations during an audit focusing on the rail line’s safety and operations.

The official, who was familiar with the audit, spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation.

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