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N.J. News Commons: NJ TRANSIT TRAIN CRASH KILLS 1, INJURES 108 AT HOBOKEN STATION

 

A New Jersey Transit train blew through a concrete-and-steel bumper at the Hoboken train station on Thursday before coming to a screeching halt inside the station's waiting room. One woman was killed and 108 others were injured. NJ.com says Jersey City Medical Center is treating 51 patients, three of which are in critical condition and another 11 are in serious condition. 

 

Raw footage of the aftermath shows passengers exiting the train while crying and stepping over debris as emergency workers attempt to reach commuters among the twisted metal. NJ.com also has a photo album available with scenes from the crash site.

 

Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, was killed by flying debris just after she dropped her 1-year-old daughter off at daycare before heading to work. NJ.com says she moved to New Jersey from Brazil about a year ago with her husband.

 

The primary data recorder has been recovered from the train. Damage from the accident is preventing investigators from getting near the front of train, which went airborne and struck the building's roof support columns before slamming back down and becoming wedged under the roof of the station's train shed.

 

Investigators will not be able to access the cameras and data recorders at the front of the train until they are able to safely remove the roof of the train shed and gain access to the lead car. The Record says this especially important because the engineer was the one controlling the train from the lead car at the time of the crash. The train was not equipped with automated technology, known as Positive Train Control (PTC), which is designed to slow speeding trains.

 

WNYC says the crash has renewed questions about whether the long-delayed automated safety technology could have played a roll in avoiding this tragedy. There were two other similar incidents recently – both in or near Hoboken – in which the trains failed to stop on time, and the deadline to install PTC technology has been repeatedly pushed back. The deadline is currently Dec. 31, 2018. 

 

The Hoboken train station remains closed, although PATH service has been restored. The Record says Secaucus Junction was also a little crowded this morning as commuters budgeted a few extra minutes on the way to work, but the morning commute appears to be flowing relatively smoothly in the wake of yesterday's tragic events.

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