Dockets for the fatal, Sept. 29, 2016, NJ Transit commuter rail collision in Hoboken, New Jersey,
and the Jan. 4, 2017, Long Island Rail Road collision at the Atlantic Terminal,
Brooklyn, New York, were opened to the public Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board as part
of its ongoing investigations of the two accidents.
The agency is also preparing a Special Investigation
Report focused on the findings from both the NJ Transit and Long Island Rail
Road accidents. The Special Investigation Report will include
recommendations based on those findings.
The commonalities in the accidents – both involving
bumping post collisions at the end of a track in a terminal – warrant a
singular discussion of the related safety issues. Combining each accident
report with a Special Investigation Report allows each to be addressed in a
single board meeting. The NTSB has scheduled that board meeting for Feb. 6,
2018, in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW,
Washington, beginning 9:30 a.m. (EST).
HOBOKEN, New Jersey (Oct. 1, 2016) — NJ Transit
Pascack Valley Line train #1614 collided at the New Jersey Transit Hoboken
Terminal Sept. 29, 2016. A bumping post of an adjacent track is in the
foreground. (NTSB Photo by Chris O’Neil)
BROOKLYN, New York (Jan. 4, 2017) — NTSB rail safety investigator Jim Southworth (right) and Sandy Rowlett, Deputy Director of the Office of Rail, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations (left) conduct an initial survey of the damage to the Long Island Rail Road train involved in the bumping post collision in the Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, New York. (NTSB Photo by Peter Knudson)
The public docket for these investigations contains
only factual information collected by NTSB investigators, affording those with
a need and desire for its contents the opportunity to review the information
gathered about the accidents. The public docket does not provide analysis,
findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations, and as such, no
conclusions about how or why an accident occurred should be drawn from the information
in the docket. The probable causes, findings and recommendations are discussed
and voted upon at the board meeting and published in a final report.
A special investigation report is similar to an
accident report in that it reports and analyzes facts, draws conclusions, and
makes recommendations. It differs from accident reports in that it
usually involves more than one accident investigation and includes briefs of
the accidents with the probable cause determination.
The dockets for the NJ Transit commuter rail collision
and the Long Island Rail Road collision are available
online at https://go.usa.gov/xRuhv and https://go.usa.gov/xRuh6.
The board meeting is open to the public and will be
webcast for those who cannot attend in person. A link to the webcast will
be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.capitolconnection.org/.