The Latest: NJ Transit director outlines safety violations

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) " The Latest on a hearing on September's deadly train crash in New Jersey (all times local):

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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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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.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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