On Thursday, Sept. 29 a New Jersey transit train crashed into the Hoboken station. The accident caused more than 100 injuries and killed at least one person. It is the first fatal NJ Transit crash in nearly two decades. Thursday's service was suspended by the transit organization following the morning's accident. You can read the NJ Transit statement on the Hoboken train crash, which happened during the rush hour commute at around 8:45 a.m. ET.
One passenger named Leon Offengenden told CNN, "The front car is essentially off the rails ... into the building of the station, with the roof sort of collapsed around it." CNN also reported that the accident is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. A former board member with the NTSB told MSNBC that the investigation would focus on why the train pulled into the station without first slowing down. Kitty Higgins told the outlet, "Why that happened, we obviously have to find out. Was there something that happened to the driver, was there an equipment failure we don't know [about] yet? That's what will be looked at."
The NJ Transit's official statement noted that for anyone needing to travel, that NJ Transit "bus, private carriers and ferry services are cross-honoring NJT rail tickets and passes."
Read the full statement below.
In an official statement on Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested the importance of "not jumping to conclusions," and simply treating the crash as an accident. According to Michael Larson, an employee with the New Jersey Transit, "The first car was pretty well destroyed. The whole roof was caved in. The seats were broken," he told the New York Times. Larson also shared with CNN that the train had gone "over the bumper block, through the depot," adding, "one of the worst days I’ve ever seen."
Reuters reported that after the train crashed into the platform, passengers helped one another to safety. Linda Albelli, one of the passengers told the outlet, "When we got on the platform there was nowhere to go. The ceiling had come down."
The accident is currently under investigation and will look into the train tracks' conditions and the "recent sleep patterns of the engineer," former NTSB board member, John Goglia told NBC News.