New Jersey train crashes into station, over 100 injured

train-crashesNew Jersey, (IANS) A train crashed into the New Jersey Transit Hoboken station on Thursday during rush hour, causing major structural damage and injuring over 100 persons, a media report said.

Most of the injured appeared to be passengers in the first train car or people waiting in the station, WABC reported.

Passengers told the media that it was train number 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line, which left Spring Valley, New York at 7.23 a.m. bound for Hoboken and was apparently running late.

Images of the accident posted on social media showed mangled metal, wires and debris scattered all over the floor, RT news reported.

A user from New York City, under the name Inscrutable India, wrote: “Lucky to be alive … we in the second car of the train that crashed in Hoboken,” New York Daily News reported.

Several people who were on the train tweeted they felt “lucky to be alive”.

The accident occurred around 8.30 a.m. (local time).

Photos from the scene indicate the train took out several support columns and collapsed part of the station’s ceiling. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Hoboken has the highest percentage of transit ridership of any city in the US. Over 50,000 persons use the terminal daily.

Medaram Jathara

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