Afternoon News Update 10/3

The main engineer on the ill-fated New Jersey transit train that slammed into the Hoboken Terminal on Thursday has told investigators that he was only going 10 mph as he approached the station. Thomas Gallagher, the train’s engineer, also stated that he only remembers the approach, but doesn’t remember the actual crash. Investigators hope to confirm the speed of the train, as well as other facts about that day, from a second data recorder. The first data recorder from the train was not functioning when it was recovered. (Source: LoHud)

On Friday, a Rockland County jury convicted 19-year-old Dylan Lentini and rejected his defense in the murder of a retired school teacher, Michael Wimbert. Lentini faces a prison term of 15 to 25 years to life when he appears at his sentencing on November 29th. The teen claimed in his defense that Wimbert had attempted to rape him at the time of the murder; however, after cross-examination, it was revealed that Lentini’s actions did not qualify as self-defense. (Source: LoHud)

On Sunday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Indian Point nuclear power plant in response to an unknown amount of oil leaking into the Hudson last Friday. A private company was hired to clean up any oil that could be recovered and officials have stated that the leak did not cause the power plant to shut down. (Source: LoHud)

In Major League Baseball news, the New York Mets clinched home field advantage for the Wild Card this weekend. Noah Syndergarrd and the Mets will face off against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants on Wednesday to see who will advance to the NLDS to take on the Chicago Cubs. The Yankees lost to the playoff-bound Orioles on Sunday, as they finished up their 2016 campaign with a modest 84-78 record.

-Patrick Flood

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