Hoboken Train Crash Leaves at Least One Dead and Dozens Injured
HOBOKEN, N.J. — A commuter train crashed into one of the busiest train stations in the New York area during the morning rush on Thursday, killing at least one person, injuring more than 100 others and creating a scene of chaos and destruction, the authorities and witnesses said.The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m., when a commuter train traveling at a high rate of speed barreled through the barriers meant to stop it and finally stopped against a wall of the Hoboken Terminal building, officials said.
The impact jolted commuters on the crowded four-passenger-car train and sent part of the terminal’s structure that covered the tracks tumbling down onto the platform.
One person standing on the platform was killed by falling debris, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon near the train station.
“An extraordinary tragedy,” Mr. Christie said, flanked by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and transportation officials. In total, at least 108 people were injured in the crash, Mr. Christie said.
Michael Larson, a New Jersey Transit worker, was in the station when the train crashed. He said he crawled on his hands and knees to pull people out of the first train car. Videos and photographs show the front of the train stopped beyond the tracks inside the station amid a jumble of mangled metal and hanging wires.
“The first car was pretty well destroyed,” Mr. Larson said. “The whole roof was caved in. The seats were broken.”
Mr. Larson, whose pant leg was bloodied, said that “by looking at the damage” he suspected there had been fatalities.