According to recent reports, one woman has been declared dead and more than 100 injured in a tragic accident yesterday morning. A NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people and traveling up to 40 miles per hour crashed into Hoboken’s historic train station.
At a press conference, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed the train crashed through barriers until it hit an interior was. The engineer, Thomas Gallagher, was treated and released from the hospital. He has been in full cooperation with law enforcement’s investigation.
Christie also confirmed that the woman who died in the accident was not a passenger, but was killed by debris that fell onto the platform after the train crashed. She has been identified as 34-year-old Fabiola Bittar de Kroon of Hoboken.
“We know what happened,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo commented “We don’t know why it happened.”
At this point, officials have no estimate on when the NJ Transit section of the station will reopen. The part of the terminal used by PATH trains reopened in the late afternoon yesterday, in time for the evening commute.
Authorities hope to pull the event recorder from the locomotive car to determine the peed and baking of the train. Authorities believe the investigation can last up to 10 days, at which point the NTSB will issue a report.
Both governors thanked emergency responders and civilians who quickly assisted rescue efforts, helping the injured get medical care. All of the injured are receiving care at local hospitals, Christie said.
According to ABC, the Hoboken University Medical Center received a total of 23 patients. Dozens more are being evaluated or treated at various area hospitals.
Will you pray for all those affected?
Source: American News