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Human error explored in Hoboken PATH train crash, source says

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: As the investigation continues into Sunday’s PATH train crash in Hoboken, sources have told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that the train apparently was operating properly and that attention is focused on the conductor.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board brought the train to Harrison, where all of its systems appeared to be working properly, a source told the website.

At this point, the source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT, “everything point to” operator error.

This confirms an initial CVP report that the train’s brakes were applied one car length before impact.

The train slowed down entering the station but inexplicably sped up before overshooting the platform and smashing into the spring bumper at the end of the track, injuring 42 people, CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported: Train sped up, brakes applied late.

The information was contained in an earlier report Monday: Security breach: Man walks through PATH tunnel from WTC to Jersey City

To this point, the tentative cause pending the results of a complete investigation is “mechanical failure.”

The probe is expected to be completed by the end of next week and includes interviews with Port Authority employees, commuters and other potential witnesses, the NTSB has said.

The engineer of the train had been on the job nearly three years and previously worked for the Port Authority as a roving concierge of sorts at area airports, assisting travelers with directions, questions and other needs, a source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

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