One Dead After Train Hits Station in New Jersey
The crash happened around 8:45 a.m. Thursday
A commuter train crashed into the Hoboken, New Jersey train station Thursday morning around 8:45 a.m.
TV footage and photos from the scene show damage to the rail car and extensive structural damage to the Hoboken station. Rail service was suspended in and out of Hoboken, which is 7 miles outside of New York City.
A passenger says that the commuter train plowed through the platform at the end of the line, and that passengers in the second car broke the emergency windows to escape.
A state lawmaker has confirmed that one person has been killed, two are in critical condition, and over 100 more injured.
Witnesses reported injuries including one women who was trapped under concrete and many people bleeding from lacerations.
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie says that no one is believed to be trapped on the commuter train at this time.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is opening an investigation into the crash, and is sending a team of investigators to the scene.
Bob Chipkevich, who formerly headed the NTSB’s train crash investigations section, says the agency will be looking at whether the train was exceeding speed limits, both when it was approaching the station and when it entered the station area.