'One person dead and more than 100 hurt' as commuter train crashes into US rail station
Published 29/09/2016 | 14:35
A transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during morning rush hour on Thursday.
US media reports have said that at least one person has died, while over 100 more have been seriously injured. New Jersey Transit have also reported that multiple passengers were trapped.
Dramatic pictures posted by commuters showed a train carriage that appeared to have smashed right through the station concourse, collapsing a section of the roof, scattering debris and wreckage and causing devastation.
Hoboken lies on the west bank of the Hudson River across from New York City. Its station, one of the busiest in the metropolitan area, is used by many commuters traveling into Manhattan from New Jersey and further afield.
Linda Albelli, 62, said she was sitting in her seat in one of the rear cars when the train approached the station.
"I noticed, 'he's not slowing up, we're going too fast,' and with that there was this tremendous crash," she said.
Injured passengers sat on benches in the train station while they waited for first responders, Albelli said. She did not know how many had been injured.
"There was just so much, a lot of people in need of attention," she said.
Officials from the local police, fire department and New Jersey Transit could not immediately be reached for comment.
An MSNBC reporter on the scene said Jersey City Medical Center was prepared to take casualties.
NJ Transit said in a post on Twitter that rail service in and out of Hoboken station was suspended due to a train accident.
PATH trains said on Twitter that due to a NJ Transit train derailment at Hoboken station, all of its services were also suspended.
Independent.ie has contacted the Department of Foreign affairs, who said that they are not aware of any Irish people involved in the crash but they are on standby to give assistance should they be needed.
A spokesperson for the Hoboken University Medical Center told Reuters that 16 patients have been brought to the hospital so far. He added that the patients were mostly adults, with some minor injuries and some more severe.
Unbelievable scene in Hoboken right now. Train crashed and went straight through the platform into the station. pic.twitter.com/NK2GDkkQA6— Chris Lantero (@Chris_Lantero) September 29, 2016
The spokesman declined to characterize the severity or nature of wounds.