NJ Passenger Train Crashes In Hoboken In Mass Casualty Event

Ted Goodman | Reporter

A New Jersey passenger train barreled into the Hoboken, N.J. train station Thursday morning after derailing and crashing onto the platform at the height of rush hour.

Train #1614 running from Secaucus, N.J. derailed onto the Hoboken station platform, knocking out support pillars and causing part of the roof to collapse, according to NBC News.

One person is dead, and more than one hundred are injured. NJ Transit officials said that some passengers were still trapped in the wreckage an hour after the accident. Preliminary reports are that the derailment was an accident, but sources cautioned NBC New York that it was early in the investigation.

An Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia 18 months ago, killing eight and injuring more than 200 people. The investigation found that the train lacked positive train control and that the engineer was speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour and lost “situational awareness.”

The Hoboken station is a major thoroughfare for people entering the city, and services over 50,000 commuters each morning. The station is part of the major northeast corridor for rail service in the United States, the busiest area for rail travel in the country.

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