The Latest: Lawmakers approve subpoena power in train crash

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The Latest on the New Jersey Legislature's investigation into the Hoboken train crash (all times local):

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4 p.m.

The Democrat-led New Jersey Assembly has voted to grant itself subpoena power as it begins an investigation into last month's fatal train crash in Hoboken.

A New Jersey Transit train last month crashed into Hoboken Terminal, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 people.

The Assembly voted 71-0 Thursday with three abstentions to give itself the ability to compel witnesses to testify and provide documents.

A joint legislative oversight committee hearing is set for Friday.

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New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Richard Hammer is expected to appear.

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8 a.m.

Two lawmakers are asking federal officials to investigate safety and funding issues within New Jersey Transit in the wake of last month's station crash that killed a woman on a platform and injured more than 100.

New Jersey U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on Wednesday made the request in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The Democrats want to know if there are additional safety issues and whether lack of funding impaired NJ Transit from addressing safety needs.

Meanwhile, New Jersey legislators will consider granting themselves subpoena power as they begin to look into the Sept. 29 crash at Hoboken Terminal.

The Democrat-led Assembly Judiciary Committee is expected to consider subpoena authorization on Thursday. If approved, the legislators could compel officials to testify and provide documents.

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12:35

New Jersey legislators will consider granting themselves subpoena power as they begin to look into last month's New Jersey Transit train crash that killed one woman and injured more than 100.

The Democrat-led Assembly Judiciary Committee is expected to consider subpoena authorization on Thursday. If approved, the legislators could compel officials to testify and provide documents.

It's unclear whether the subpoena power would be used, and the Assembly is planning to work with the Democrat-led state Senate to investigate the crash.