I was horrified to read the news reports this morning about a New Jersey Transit train crash at the station in Hoboken.
The incident is still unfolding but there are reports of hundreds of injuries and one death. Pictures posted on social media showed serious damage to the train station. Initial reports suggest the train was traveling too fast and hit a platform. A report on Fox News said more than 100 people were reported to be injured and passengers were trapped in the mangled wreckage at the station at Hoboken, NJ.
The crash involved the No. 1614 Pascack Valley Line service. It left Spring Valley in New York at 7:23 a.m. and was meant to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38 a.m. Some reports suggested the train was running late.
Witnesses at the station said the train never slowed down as it approached. It crashed through barriers at the terminal’s reception area. Major structural damage was reported at the Lackawana Station, including mangled beams and a crushed wall. The crash took place around 8:30 a.m., a peak time during the morning commute into New York City.
The crash brought down part of the roof of the terminal. Leon Offengenden, a passenger quoted in a CNN report, was in one of the sections close to the lead car when the crash occurred.
He said the leading car was off the rails and ended up smashed into the station building with the roof collapsed around it.
The extent of the injuries caused by this crash was not immediately known, emergency responders said. A search-and-rescue team is at the scene to help shore up the station and get injured people off the train.
Authorities say there are no initial suggestions the train crash was a deliberate act.
My thoughts are with all of those who are injured and the families of those who lost a loved one. We see far too many train crashes in the United States. Last year’s terrible Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured hundreds, was just the latest in a long serious of serious wrecks on America’s railroads. Railroads have pledged to invest in new technology but the crashes keep happening.
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