New Jersey state officials have confirmed at least one death after a commuter train crashed into the station in Hoboken. Early reports indicate at least 100 people were treated by EMS responders, with most of the injuries to people in the front car of the train or bystanders in the station who were hit by debris. It is believed that there may have been as many as 250 passengers on the train.
According to witnesses, the crash occurred just before 9 am this morning. Authorities believe the train, the 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line, was running late and due to arrive at the Hoboken station at 8:38. A number of witnesses told reporters that they say no evidence that the train ever slowed down or attempted to brake.
Thus far, safety officials have a number of theories, but no specific cause for the crash. Investigators and engineers from the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as the National Traffic Safety Board are on the scene. They have looking into the possibilities of human error, mechanical failure and even foul play, though early reports indicate that officials do not suspect anything intentional.
State officials say the confirmed fatality was a woman who was standing on the platform at the time of the crash. They say that at least two others have been hospitalized with life-threatening conditions. It is believed that the engineer of the train is one of those with potentially deadly injuries.
Safety officials immediately attempted to clear the area, as there was apparently substantial structural damage to the terminal, with electrical wiring exposes and water flooding the area. There were also indications that the roof was unstable and might cave in.
Transit officials have suspended all rail service to and from Hoboken and the South Hoboken ferry has also shut down. Officials have recommended that persons who would have used the commuter train either take the New Jersey Transit Light Rail or find a New Jersey Transit bus to get them to their destination. They noted that the New York Waterway is honoring tickets on all routes.
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