New Jersey train crashes into station leaving one dead and over 100 injured
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News September 29, 2016 Updated: 11:57 PM
A commuter train crashed into the Hoboken station during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others, some critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said.
The crash occurred during morning rush, at about 8:30 a.m. ET.
"The train came into the station at a high rate of speed and crashed through all the barriers," Gov. Chris Christie said. "This was an extraordinary tragedy."
"We know what happened," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to the train's speed. "We don't know why it happened."
Christie said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash. He said 108 people were injured, and that the lone fatality was a commuter standing in the station who was hit by debris from the crash. He said the train's engineer was injured but was cooperating with investigators.
People pulled concrete off bleeding victims and passengers kicked out windows and crawled out amid crying and screaming after the arriving New Jersey Transit train smashed through a barrier at the end of its track and ground to a halt in a covered waiting area. It apparently knocked out pillars, collapsing a section of the roof onto the first car.
None of NJ Transit’s trains are fully equipped with positive train control, a safety system designed to prevent accidents by automatically slowing or stopping trains that are going too fast.
The industry is under government orders to install PTC, but the deadline has been repeatedly extended by regulators at the request of the railroads. The deadline is now the end of 2018.
Hoboken, which is NJ Transit’s fifth-busiest station with 15,000 boardings per weekday, is 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.