Reports of the death of a woman and 100 people injured have been obtained following a New Jersey train crash.
The train plowed into Hoboken major station during rush hour on Thursday, officials confirmed. The train crashed through ticket barriers and entered the reception area of the station disruptively. Several images related to the incident have been shared that show the severe damages to train carriages as well as the station.
Witnesses have shared their shocking experiences and described how the train overran the stopping point and hurtled through a passenger concourse in the morning at the busiest transit hubs. The State Medical Examiner’s office announced the death of the woman, Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34. Emergency services arrived at the spot along with firefighters and other transport staff to help the injured.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie confirmed that the woman was hit by the train while she stood on the platform. He said that the driver of the train, 48-year-old Thomas Gallagher, was admitted to a local hospital and was still in a serious condition. The driver was cooperating with the investigators, the governor added. Christie claimed that there was nothing suspicious about the incident and it was mere a tragedy.
One of the witnesses, Bhagyesh Shah, who was riding to work said that the train did not slow down while it entered the station. “The next thing I know, I’m on the floor. We are plowing through something … and when the train came to a stop, I could see the parts of the roof on the first car and some of the debris next to me,” Shah said.
Another witness, Ben Fairclough, told BBC that he was not on the train when the incident took place. He said he came following the New Jersey train accident.
“There was water coming down off the roof and people climbing out through the windows,” he said. “There were people sitting down with blood coming from their head. There were lots of injuries.”