NJ Transit officials to face lawmakers over crash, safety

An NJ Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken at the height of Thursday's morning rush, leaving twisted piles of metal and bricks as concern grew over the possibility of mass casualties and dozens of injuries. Bhagyesh Shah
An NJ Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken at the height of Thursday's morning rush, leaving twisted piles of metal and bricks as concern grew over the possibility of mass casualties and dozens of injuries. Bhagyesh Shah

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Lawmakers investigating September’s deadly New Jersey Transit train crash could finally get a chance to question top agency officials who skipped out on an oversight hearing last month.

NJ Transit says new executive director Steve Santoro and other key leaders will testify before the legislative committee Friday. They likely will face questioning about NJ Transit’s poor safety record and how it’s responding to victims of the Sept. 29 crash.

One woman died and more than 100 people were injured when a NJ Transit train going twice the 10 mph speed limit slammed into a bumping post at Hoboken Terminal.

Legislators said NJ Transit officials gave short notice that they would be missing the earlier hearing to meet with federal regulators and threatened to issue subpoenas if they didn’t agree to testify Friday.

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