3 Killed, More Than 100 Hurt After NJ TRANSIT Train Crashes At Station In Hoboken

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Three people were killed on Thursday morning and more than 100 people were hurt, some seriously injured  when a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken.

The full story from CBS

NJ TRANSIT police said many of the injured victims are critical, but the exact extent of those injuries is unclear.  A number of area hospitals have been treating the victims, including 40 people who were taken to Jersey City Medical Center.

It happened around 8:45 a.m. Thursday as a NJ TRANSIT train was coming into the Hoboken station on track 5 from Spring Valley, New York on the Pascack Valley Line, the agency said.

It’s still unclear what exactly caused the train to crash. Images from the scene posted to social media showed mangled metal, wires and debris scattered all over the floor. It appears part of the ceiling also collapsed.

“It simply did not stop,” WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told 1010 WINS. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”

He also told CBS2 that there was “mass confusion.”

“It was a mass scramble to get away from the scene,” he said.

Another passenger, Lauren Berlamaino, said she was sitting in the second car of the train when it crashed.

“We were pulling into the station, I was thinking we’re not stopping,” she told CBS2. “The next thing I know, my head went forward, I hit the seat and come back to and there was screaming.”

She said many passengers aboard the train were standing because there weren’t enough seats.

“When we got out, the first car was completely in the terminal, the roof had collapsed,” she said.

Michael Larson, a NJ TRANSIT worker, said people were kicking out windows trying to get out of the train.

“The second half of the first car was completely destroyed to where they were crawling on their hands and knees and we were trying to get as many people out,” he told WCBS 880. “I assisted in maybe three or four people getting out and then the first responders came and told me to exit.”

Hoboken is the final stop for several train lines with more than 15,000 boardings every week day.

A law enforcement source told CBS News that nothing has been ruled out as to a cause of the crash, but preliminarily it appears to have been an accident — that the train derailed, causing it to strike the station.

This isn’t the first time a train has crashed at the station. In 2011, 30 people were hurt when a PATH train crashed into bumpers at the end of the tracks.

The City of Hoboken says a temporary NJ TRANSIT bus pickup and dropoff location is at Washington and Observer. The location is subject to change based on traffic conditions.

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