100 People Injured in NJ Transit Commuter Train Crash
At least 100 people were injured after a NJ Transit commuter train crashed into the Hoboken Train Station, the New York City’s Office of Emergency Management confirmed.
NBC News reported that three people were reported dead.
Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding after the arriving New Jersey Transit train crashed through a barrier at the end of the track. The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform, collapsing a section of the metal shed roof.
Nancy Bido, a passenger on the train, told WNBC-TV in New York that train didn’t slow as it pulled into the station. “It just never stopped. It was going really fast and the terminal was basically the brake for the train,” she said.
The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending investigators.
Hoboken, which is NJ Transit’s fifth-busiest station with 15,000 boardings per weekday, is situated just across the Hudson River from New York City. It is the final stop for several train lines and a transfer point for many commuters on their way to New York City. Many passengers get off at Hoboken and take ferries or a PATH commuter train to New York.
The crash, during the midst of rush hour traffic, left piles of metal and bricks. Meanwhile, footage showed EMS workers transporting injured people out of the station.
NJ Transit officials told WABC that people were trapped in the train.
Witnesses said the train appeared to crash into the station.
HBLR service is suspended into &out of HOB terminal due to a heavy rail train accident at HOB. Service btwn 2nd St & Newport unaffected.
— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) September 29, 2016
Due to a NJ Transit rail incident all PATH service at the Hoboken station is suspended.
— PATH Train (@PATHTrain) September 29, 2016
The crash severely damaged the terminal itself, crashing into a support beam in the building. It caused a partial collapse of the roof that covers the tracks.
According to NBC New York, officials believe the crash involves train No. 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line.
Passenger Bhagyesh Shah stated that he boarded a train to Secaucus, saying he stood by the back of the train. “The next thing I know, we are plowing through the platform,” Shah said. “It was for a couple seconds, but it felt like an eternity.”
The PATH Train service said the incident took place at the NJ Transit, “not PATH’s station.” The entrance connecting NJ Transit to PATH is currently closed.
PATH also confirmed that there is “no service into/out of PATH’s Hoboken Station” and PATH service from Journal Square to 33rd Street and Newark to World Trade Center is running.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.