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(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — The train that crashed at the Hoboken, NJ station, killing one and injuring more than 100 last week, sped up in the seconds before crashing at the end of the track, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

The train’s event recorder indicates that approximately 38 seconds before the crash, while the locomotive was traveling at about 8 mph, the throttle was increased from idle to the No. 4 position.

The speed reached 21 mph and the emergency brake was deployed less than a second before the crash — too late to save the train from barreling over the bumping post.

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