At least one person is dead and 108 people are injured after a commuter train came hurtling through a platform in New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken terminal Thursday morning, September 29. The train approached the station at a high velocity, breaking the barriers meant to stop it, and crashed through a waiting room wall at 8:45 in the morning.
Officials say the woman killed was standing on the platform when the train crashed into the station. Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, held a news conference Thursday afternoon with more information on the crash. According to Christie, the train’s engineer was critically injured, but has been cooperating with police on the investigation to find out what happened. Christie also stated, “Officials don't yet know how long it will take to repair the Hoboken train station or resume New Jersey Transit train service there, New York Gov.”
Workers on site said that passengers further back in the crashed train tried to kick out windows to exit the train. They were told not to do so in case of loose wires that could have electrocuted people once their feet hit the ground. Eventually, it was established that there was no power to the train and it was deemed safe to exit. The passengers were then evacuated.
An area to help treat wounded from the accident was set up outside the station. Fifty patients were treated by Jersey City Medical Center, including three who were in serious condition with orthopedic injuries and deep cuts, Chief Medical Officer Kenneth Garay said at a news conference. Most of the injured people had minor wounds and were released soon after being checked on.
Twenty-two patients were treated by Hoboken University Medical Center. Some of the treated were suffering deep cuts and at least one person with a fracture.
According to MSN, “The Hoboken terminal, located across the river from Lower Manhattan, is one of the busiest in the greater New York City area, with an estimated 50,000 commuters passing through daily. The trains do not have seat belts.”
Photos posted on social media from the crash show the carnage from the horrific accident. Parts of the stations roof are now collapsed, along with metal shards and pieces of glass strung about the crash site.