Official: Investigators estimate train in crash was speeding

This Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 photo provided by a passenger who was on the train when it crashed shows wreckage at the Hoboken, N.J. rail station. The commuter train barreled into the station during the morning rush hour, coming to a halt in a covered area between the station's indoor waiting area and the platform. (AP Photo)

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) – A U.S. official says investigators estimate a commuter train was traveling 20 to 30 mph when it slammed into a New Jersey rail terminal last week.

The official was briefed on the investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

The official says federal investigators are basing the speed estimate on the extent of damage caused by the crash, which killed a woman and injured more than 100 people.

Investigators are working to access a device in the train that records its speed.

The Hoboken station’s speed limit is 10 mph, and the engineer told investigators that’s how fast the train was going.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to provide an update on the investigation late Tuesday afternoon.

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