The station is a hub for commuters switching from the NJ Transit system to the PATH system to head into Manhattan -- Associated Press
Christina Prignano 9/29/2016 1:59:59 PM
A passenger says the commuter train that crashed in New Jersey was crowded and plowed through the platform at the end of the line.
Bhagyesh Shah told NBC New York he saw a lot of people bleeding and a woman pinned under concrete Thursday morning at New Jersey Transit’s Hoboken station.
Shah says he was in the back of the train but that many people use the front cars, since it makes for an easier exit. He says the train plowed into the platform. He says it lasted only a couple seconds, ‘‘but it felt like an eternity.’’
He tells the TV station that passengers in the second car broke the emergency windows to get out.
Images from the scene show damage to the rail car and extensive structural damage, but there’s no official word on the number of injuries. -- Associated Press
Christina Prignano 9/29/2016 2:05:20 PM
The New Jersey Transit train that crashed in Hoboken, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others, was not equipped with a technology that is designed to slow speeding trains.
U.S. railroads are under government orders to install the system called positive train control, but the work has gone more slowly than expected. The deadline has been repeatedly extended and is now Dec. 31, 2018.
Bob Chipkevich, who formerly headed the National Transportation Safety Board’s train crash investigations section, says the agency will be looking at whether the train was exceeding speed limits, both when it was approaching the station and when it entered the station area.
Last month, the Federal Railroad Administration said New Jersey Transit had a lot of work yet to do on installing the necessary equipment. New Jersey Transit responded that the report didn’t reflect the work it had accomplished. -- Associated Press
Christina Prignano 9/29/2016 3:49:33 PM