108 were injured, with one confirmed dead, after an NJ Transit crash involving train No. 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line occurred around 8:45 a.m.
Gov. Chris Christie (R) confirmed 108 injuries, most of which occurred on the train, and one woman died as a result of collapsing debris at an impromptu press conference in Hoboken this afternoon.
Christie added that it is initially believed that the train was traveling “at a high rate of speed” and the train conductor is cooperating with the investigation.
The train arrived on track No. 5 in Hoboken terminal and most survivors explained that they felt something was wrong as the train didn’t seem to slow down upon arrival.
K-9 units were brought in to the scene this morning to confirm the incident was not indeed a human or mechanical accident.
A witness recounted that the train actually went airborne, causing the ceiling of terminal to collapse made of steel, metal and concrete.
The bus terminal is used by daily commuters via NJ Transit, Port Authority and Hudson Bergen Light. PATH service is expected to resume by rush hour this evening.
“I am very saddened to hear of the tragedy this morning in Hoboken. On behalf of the New Jersey Assembly, I offer prayers and condolences to the victims and their families,” Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) said in a statement.
“My heart goes out to them. As we mourn for the lives lost, we hope for the best as the rescue effort continues … Hudson County is strong, and that strength will show today as we work together to help all those in sudden need of assistance and support.”
Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), the chairman of the transportation committee, also offered his “heartfelt sympathies” to those families impacted by the accident.
For commuters who use Hoboken Terminal and concerned family members, please call NJ Transit Emergency Information hotline at 855 336-1774 for updated information.