This just coming over the wire. A New Jersey Transit train crashed into a wall after entering the station in Hoboken around 8:30 a.m. It is unclear from earliest reports whether the train jumped the track, but according to live televised coverage by New York City Fox affiliate WNYW the roof over the passenger waiting area collapsed, resulting in serious injuries. The exact number and nature of those injuries have yet to be reported.
According to eyewitnesses, the train failed to slow down as it entered the station. One on-scene observer who witnessed the crash was WFAN anchor John Minko. he told reporters with CBS New York:
It simply did not stop. It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.
CBS further reports that images from the scene reveal “mangled metal, wires and debris scattered all over the floor.” A video posted by another individual who was present reveals the extent of the structural damage.
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It has yet to be determined whether there were fatalities.
This is a developing story. Updates will be added as new information becomes available.
*UPDATE* NBC News is now confirming that at least three are dead and as many as 100 were injured in this morning’s disaster. NBC further adds:
Preliminary reports suggest the crash involving train No. 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line was accidental or caused by operator error, according to four law enforcement officials, though they stress it is early in the investigation.
The network also has an account by one of the passengers:
You felt like this huge, huge bang. The lights went off, and then you started to see like –- I was in the window seat, so I could see like outside, what was happening, and the roof just collapsed on the first car.
The suggestion that this was an act of terrorism came to mind when the story first broke. In that regard Kyle Olson reminds us at The American Mirror that back in July, terror threats against a New Jersey transit train were made.