Over a 100 people were injured and at least three were dead after an incoming train wrecked at Hoboken Station in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The New Jersey Transit train crashed at about 8:45 a.m. while arriving in Hoboken Station, the terminus of the line. Pictures have shown considerable structural damage to the building, with at least one of the train cars actually inside it.
Hoboken is one of two main terminals for passengers, so it’s safe to say there are MANY people who board this train daily. Initial reports said that the train went past a bumper stop at the end of the rails and crashed into the building.
‘There are fatalities,’ a senior transportation official stated to the New York Times. ‘There are a significant number of injuries. The train was going very fast. There are structural concerns about the facility. ‘
The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to scout out the source of the crash. I and most, are probably already wondering if this was really a malfunction.
Investigators will be looking into whether the driver made an error or if there was perhaps a fault with the train….or if anything else caused to the train to conveniently cause such mass chaos.
William Blaine, is another train engineer who witnessed the crash, he told reporters that he was with authorities when they found the engineer slumped over in his chair. He believes the engineer was pronounced dead.
When asked what could have led the train to make such an abnormal crash into the station at an amazingly high speed, Blaine speculated that the engineer suffered a fatal heart attack, fell asleep, or wasn’t paying attention.
A bumper is placed at the end of each track to stop trains from crashing into the station, but the train was going so fast that it pushed right past the bumper into the reception area where people wait for trains.
Pillars and piles of debris, including metal and bricks, were visible in early photographs. WNBC reported that “(f)rom above, chopper footage showed the glass arches atop the building crunched like an accordion over the platform.”
A passenger who spoke to ABC News says the crash was like ‘something I’ve never seen before’.
‘We had just left Secaucus and that’s where about half or if not more than half of the train gets off the car to transfer to New York [Penn Station],’ Corey Futterman said.
‘We were approaching Hoboken and the train did not seem to be slowing down whatsoever and then all of a sudden everything just crashed and shook,’ he added.
When Futterman got out of his train car, he says he walked out into a train station thrown into chaos.
‘I immediately saw like the roof caved in and the car was on top of the platform and it was wires everywhere and total destruction inside. And chaos,’ he said. ‘People were freaking out and crying. People’s faces were bloody.’
A passenger named Jamie was in standing in the area between the first and second trains when the crash happened.
‘We never really slowed down. It was the standard speed when it’s going from point A to point B.
‘We knew [something was wrong]because we saw that we were in the station already. But I’m not sure why it didn’t slow down or if it did and he tried to brake and it didn’t happened.
‘We didn’t see anything because the lights went off. It was more than a jolt. Everyone was thrown to the side,’ Jamie said.
‘From the fifth car, it felt like a major skid,’ he said. ‘A creaking noise and a skid. I was lucky to be on the fifth car.’
When he got off the train, Danahy says he saw ‘bloody noses’ and ‘people crying’.
Jason Danady told the New York Times that there was a loud noise just before the crash.
Even though the damage was extensive and there could possibly be more fatalities, it could have been worse…if it had happened on any number of the other tracks, the train likely would have gone into the terminal waiting area, causing far more injuries to waiting passengers.
The media is reporting that the cause of the crash was either accidental or operator failure, according to EARLY law enforcement reports. Terrorism wasn’t initially suspected to be involved….What do you think the cause was?
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