Major NJ Train Crashes Into Station – 1 Dead, 100+ Injured
[UPDATE 5:00 pm EST.] The state medical examiner office identified the woman who was killed as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, of Hoboken. She was standing on the platform at the time of the crash and was struck by debris, Gov. Chris Christie said in a news conference.
The train’s operator was identified as Tommy Gallagher, who is now cooperating with authorities. He has a clear criminal and medical history.
Governor Chris Christie said that 114 people were injured in what is being described as an accident.
The investigation is being led by the National Transit Safety Board, with assistance from the Federal Railroad Administration.
[UPDATE: 11:05 am EST.]: The train involved in the accident was train No. 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line. Law enforcement officials say that the crash was due to operating error or was an accident.
The train appeared to go through a bumper stop at the end of the track and went airborne. People were seen trapped under concrete and bloodied by the crash. At least 1 person was killed and two are critically injured, officials said.
The first two cars of the train were believed to be the most crowded because it gives the easiest access to transfer at the Hoboken train station.
A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into the Hoboken train station Thursday morning during rush hour. The accident occurred just before 9:00 am local time. First responders are on the scene. There are reports of over 100 people injured and one fatality. These numbers will most likely change as details emerge.
Serious injuries were reported with more than 100 injured. Some onlookers said the train went “full speed” into the station. NJ PATH commuter trains are shut down between Manhattan and New Jersey along this route now.
Photos from the scene show structural damage and debris in the station. Columns in the station were destroyed and part of the station’s ceiling was damaged.
The cause of the accident is not clear.
Here is a video from a passenger moments after the crash.