One woman is dead, and 114 are injured, after a commuter train crashed into a Hoboken train station during morning rush hour on Thursday. Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, was the only person killed when train No. 1614 barreled through a platform at Hoboken Terminal at about 8:45 a.m. De Kroon, a Hoboken resident who was standing on the platform, leaves behind a child and husband. According to reports, some passengers are critically injured. Graphic visuals posted by commuters showed a train carriage that smashed through the Hoboken station concourse, partially collapsing the roof, and spewing wreckage throughout the station.
ABC news said New Jersey transit said some passengers were trapped. Other reports by Fox news said the train engineer had to be freed from the front car.
Located on the west bank of the Hudson River and across from NYC, the Hoboken train station is used by many commuters when traveling between Manhattan and New Jersey.
Federal investigators were on their way to the scene of the crash. As of now the cause of the tragedy is unknown.
With blood from an injured passenger on his pants, shocked New Jersey transit employee Michael Larson, voiced his take on the ordeal. “It’s hard to believe, I have no idea what caused it,” he said. “The whole roof was caved in.”
Hoboken Station is served by NJ Transit commuter trains connecting much of NJ with the U.S’ largest city and PATH, a more local subway-esque service, which commutes into Manhattan.
Reportedly, the train was on the Pascack Valley line, which goes through Northern Bergen Valley, and had originated at Spring Valley. The train was on track five when it crashed into the Hoboken terminal building.
In May 2011, a Port of Authority of New York train crashed at the same Hoboken train station, injuring 30 passengers.
In recent years, the worst commuter train crash reported was in 2015 when an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia. The incident left eight dead and 186 injured. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in today’s crash. You’re in our prayers.