NJ Transit director outlines safety violations

Federal investigators have found numerous safety violations in New Jersey Transit's commuter train operation.



NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro disclosed the findings to lawmakers at a state oversight hearing Friday.



They include the lack of on-board emergency tools and working fire extinguishers on some trains, trains stopping too close to each other and workers using cellphones when they shouldn't have.



Santoro says the violations were found during a Federal Railroad Administration review that began in the spring.



He says investigators also found that engineers sometimes failed to blow horns at grade crossings as required, and didn't always perform required brake checks.



The hearing was called after a deadly train crash in September that killed one woman and injured more than 100 people.



 


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