IN THE DARK

Black Box Wasn’t Working on Hoboken Train

The New Jersey Transit train that slammed into Hoboken Terminal last week had no functioning data recorder that day, when the wreck killed one person and injured 100 more. A federal official said Sunday the dysfunctional “black box” means investigators cannot gather important information from the locomotive about what went wrong during Thursday morning’s rush hour. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the issue with the black box—which was built in 1995—was one of many equipment failures on the train. “That’s quite an old event data recorder,” she said. “Usually when they’re not working, they’re replaced.”