Commuter train crashes into rail station in New Jersey

A normally bustling area outside of the historic Hoboken train station was empty of passengers and cordoned off with yellow tape after a NJ Transit train traveling at high speed crashed onto a train platform at about 8:45 a.m., killing one and injuring dozens. She said the crash hurled passengers against her, and one woman got her leg caught between the doors before fellow riders pulled her up.

The train crashed into one of the busiest transportation hubs in the Northeast, derailing cars, causing the station ceiling to collapse and leaving one woman dead and more than 100 people injured. The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators.

Fabiola Bittar de Kroon was the only person killed in the NJ train crash.

There was no word yet on what caused the crash.

Christie said Thursday at a news conference that the engineer was cooperating with investigators.

"It was considerably faster than it should have normally been at the terminal", said New Jersey Transit Employee William Blaine. The engine was in the back of the train as it entered the station.

"When you see the destruction up close the silver lining is that there has only been one fatality so far because the destruction is devastating", Cuomo said. There's nothing we can't overcome.

"There's only one option for people who don't have a vehicle to get out of Hoboken right now, and that's the bus", Murphy said. An event recorder recovered from the locomotive will reveal information such as the train's speed.

There is another event recorder in the "cab auto", which Dinh-Zarr said was not immediately accessible.

Both Cuomo and Christie said that it is too soon to say whether such technology would have made a difference in the Hoboken crash.

The train was not equipped with machinery or technology created to slow trains, the Associated Press reported. "The lights went out, and we heard a loud crashing noise - like an explosion - that turned out to be the roof of the terminal", said Ross Bauer, who was sitting in the third or fourth vehicle when the train was pulling into the historic 109-year-old station for its final stop.

"These are hard times over these past weeks and months, between terrorist attacks and natural disasters", said Cuomo, referring to a recent string of bombings in NY in New Jersey. I saw folks pretty cut up and limping off the train, unable to walk.

"I heard a bomb-like explosion. then the train was right in front of me", Larson said. "Shook me up a little bit, when you saw ... the frantic. people and all that".

Some of the vehicles transported people to area hospitals such as Hoboken University Medical Center. He said some of the patients are critical and stable, and none of them appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

Passengers said that the train, which was carrying around 250 people, crashing at full speed into the bumper at the end of the track. Several passengers were initially trapped in the wreckage, but they were later freed.

Shah, who was standing in the back of the crowded first vehicle, said he got on the train at the stop before Hoboken and noticed it didn't decrease speed as it neared the station. "And there was a lady lying down that had a video there", a witness told WCBS". "And everyone was screaming and like in total panic".

Passengers are being evacuated from the area while authorities test the integrity of the roof.

Numerous emergency crews remain at the scene, which has been sealed off.

Ditmeyer said many publicly-financed railroads such as New Jersey Transit have been slow to switch over to the newer technology because of the cost. All power to the station has been shut off. It makes 16 stops before heading towards the final station on the line, the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey.

The Hoboken station, left, with the New York City skyline in the background, is seen from Jersey City, N.J., on Thursday.

Hoboken, a city of more than 50,000 across the Hudson River from New York City, was pummeled by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.



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