HOBOKEN, N.J. – A commuter train crashed at a station in New Jersey during the Thursday morning rush, killing at least one person and injuring about 100 others, a number of them seriously, authorities said.
“There are fatalities,” said a senior transportation official who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly. “There are a significant number of injuries. The train was going very fast. There are structural concerns about the facility.”
Jim Smith, a spokesman for New Jersey Transit, confirmed that there were “multiple critical injuries” when a New Jersey Transit train struck the Hoboken Terminal building on Track 5 around 8:45 a.m. Thursday. The train was No. 1614, a Pascack Valley line train traveling from Spring Valley to Hoboken.
Michael Larson, a New Jersey Transit employee, was in the station when the train crashed. He said he crawled on his hands and knees to pull people out of the first train car.
“The first car was pretty well destroyed,” Larson said at the station. “The whole roof was caved in. The seats were broken.”
Larson, who had blood on his pants leg, said that “by looking at the damage,” he suspected there had been fatalities.
The train went “over the bumper block, through the depot,” and came to rest at the wall right before the station’s waiting area, Larson told reporters during a segment that was broadcast on CNN.
“One of the worst days I’ve ever seen,” he said.
People shared photos of the crash on social media, showing a derailed train at the station. One image showed the front of a train stopped beyond the tracks inside the station. Photos also showed damage to the station, which is one of the busiest along the sprawling New Jersey Transit system.
Rail service was suspended into and out of the station, including service provided by the PATH system, which runs between Manhattan and New Jersey. Local buses and ferries were accepting New Jersey train tickets as a result of the crash..