At Least 1 Dead Over 100 Injured in New Jersey Train CrashSep 29, 2016
A commuter train accident in Hoboken, New Jersey leaves at least one person dead and more than 100 injured. On the morning of Sept. 29th, a train carrying 250 passengers crashed into a New Jersey rail station. The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. Train number 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line departed Spring Valley at 7:23 a.m. Reportedly, it was running late for its 8:38 a.m. arrival at Hoboken. Witnesses say the train appeared to be moving quickly when it crashed into the platform.
Passengers told ABC 7 that there was absolutely no braking when the train reached the station. "I heard a kaboom, and the whole place shook," said an engineer for a freight line. "Everybody got quiet, because the first thing you think is a bomb...I ran out, and I just saw people all over the ground and debris all over the place."
An unidentified woman on the platform was killed in the accident. At least two other victims are in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. ABC 7 reports that the engineer is hospitalized and likely one of the patients in critical condition.
One woman was reportedly trapped under concrete. Many victims suffered bleeding. "We're panicking, because I believe those people in the front were very badly injured," one passenger said to ABC 7. "So they started yelling, because they saw the blood."
"I stepped over a body, and it was dead woman," said the engineer. "I backed up, and people started running over, and I just started telling people they needed to get back, because there was electrical wiring and water running, and the ceiling was about to cave in."
The cause of the accident is still unclear. Officials are investigating human failure, catastrophic mechanical failure, a medical condition and sabotage/terror/foul play. Investigators do not believe the accident was intentional, but they are examining all possibilities.
New Jersey Transit says multiple passengers were trapped. New Jersey state EMS received over 100 patients. The station itself suffered structural damage and collapse. There was heavy damage to the terminal, officials say. A metal structure within the station collapsed when the train came to a halt.
The majority of the injuries involved passengers in the first car or those who were hit by debris in the station. Those who were in the second car and the ones behind it were able to leave the train, some reportedly broke emergency windows to exit.