At Least 1 Dead, Dozens Injured After Commuter Train Slams Into New Jersey Station: 'It Just Didn't Stop'
At least one person is reported dead and dozens injured, some critically, after a train crashed into a station in Hoboken, New Jersey on Thursday morning.
A New Jersey Transit train packed with passengers on their commute into work crashed around 8:45 a.m., leaving dozens injured, according to reports.
"At approximately 8:45 a.m. train #1614, a Pascack Valley line departure from Spring Valley operating to Hoboken, struck the Hoboken Terminal building on track 5. Initial reports indicate multiple critical injuries," NJ Transit wrote in a statement.
A veteran NJ Transit worker who identified himself as Mike told reporters Thursday was "the worst day I've ever seen" in nearly 30 years on the job.
Some witnesses said the train went airborne before it crashed through the transit hub and photos from the scene show extensive damage to the structure.
Law enforcement officials have said the cause of the crash appears to be accidental or operator error. Witness report that the train didn't seem to slow down as it approached the station.
"It just didn't stop," Kirby Fisher, who was in the first car of the train during the crash. "It was like a big crash and then everything from the ceiling just fell in."
Fisher said she saw several people with head injuries in her car and believes the train struck people unlucky enough to be standing on the train platform.
Freight engineer William Blaine told reporters he saw the train's operator slumped over following the crash.
NJ transit train just crashed in Hoboken terminal. pic.twitter.com/ZevCYtYx8C— Eric (@big_Poppa_Chop) September 29, 2016
"It is a miracle that not many more people were hurt," U.S. Congressman Albio Sires from New Jersey told CNN.
Approximately 40 patients were being treated with walk-in injuries, according to Jersey City Medical Center CEO Joseph Scott.
Scott said as many as 11 in the emergency room, some of the critically injured and others in serious condition. None of them had life-threatening injuries as of late Thursday morning.
Passengers said they are “lucky to be alive” after the incident.
Some passengers took to social media to post the damage inside the station which included part of the roof collapsing into the station.
The Hoboken terminal serves about 50,000 people each day. The station also includes the NJ Transit, PATH, light rail, buses and ferries.
The terminal was evacuated and a train service suspended.