In Hoboken, New Jersey, a NJ Transit commuter train crashed into the station, causing one person to be killed and over 100 people to suffer injuries. The shocking, horrific train accident occurred during the morning at around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 29. The train smashed through the barricade where the tracks ended and rammed into a wall at the Hoboken Terminal. As a result, the roof of the station fell down in a tumble of metal. Additionally, commuters were thrown about on the crowded train. All of this meant that the Hoboken station quickly underwent a dramatic change into a disaster area.
A woman who was standing on a platform was struck by falling debris and died from her injuries. She was identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a resident of Hoboken, NJ. She worked as a lawyer and leaves behind her husband and one-year-old daughter.
The train accident caused passengers to fly out of their seats. Additionally, the lights went out, resulting in shouts and cries in a state of panic. Many passengers were able to flee the train by crawling through windows, only to find the station full of metal beams, smoke, and dangerously low-hanging electrical wires. Moreover, water flowed from pipes that had ruptured.
Those individuals who were most severely injured in the train accident were lifted out of the area. Others received medical attention at the station and could be seen wearing blood-stained clothes.
At least 114 people suffered injuries in the train crash, with many of the wounded being sent to hospitals. One of the hospitals, the Jersey City Medical Center, created a triage section in its cafeteria for some patients. The Jersey City hospital treated 66 patients, most of whom were soon released. However, 13 patients still remain in the hospital in guarded condition.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) stated that they were conducting an investigation into the train crash. They intended to interview the engineer, Thomas Gallagher, who was also treated at a local hospital. Additionally, investigators planned to study another crash that occurred at the Hoboken Terminal in 2011. That crash was found to have been caused by an engineer who neglected to control the speed of the train as it approached the Hoboken station. A total of 30 people suffered injuries as a result of that earlier train accident.
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