A NJ Transit train has struck a wall this morning after entering the station in Hoboken, NJ. CBS NY reports that it occurred at about 8:45 a.m. at the Lackawanna Station off of Hudson Place.
Serious injuries have been reported, but the exact details are not known yet.
CBS reports that images of the scene posted to social media showed mangled metal, wires and debris scattered all over the floor. It appears part of the ceiling may have also collapsed. The train went right through the barriers and into the reception area.
UPDATE: WABC News is reporting that about 100 people were injured and multiple passengers are trapped. 1 person was killed.
The train was number 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line that departed from Spring Valley about an hour before the crash.
“We were pulling into the station, I was thinking we’re not stopping,” a train passenger named Lauren, who said she was sitting in the second car of the train, told CBS2.
CBS Evening News executive producer Steve Capus described what he saw shortly after arriving on the scene.
“There is a triage set up here where people who have been injured are being treated and evaluated,” he told 1010 WINS. “I can tell you there are scores of people here, many of them with bloodied shirts, clothing, head injuries — I saw one person with what appeared to be a broken leg. There are also bringing more severely injured people out on stretchers.”
UPDATE: The following report is from our syndicate partner, The Washington Post, with reporting by Lindsey Bever, Martine Powers, Ashley Halsey III, and Mark Berman:
A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into the station in Hoboken during rush hour Thursday morning, resulting in “multiple critical” injuries, officials said.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., the NJT Pascack Valley Line train, which was traveling from Spring Valley, N.J., crashed into Hoboken Terminal, a NJ Transit spokeswoman said. “Initial reports indicate multiple critical injuries,” she said.
Officials with New Jersey’s Emergency Medical Services office told ABC affiliate WABC that there were more than 100 injuries reported; New Jersey Transit said some passengers were trapped under the debris.
Most of those who were injured were in the first car or standing on the platform; passengers in the other cars were better able to escape, according to WABC.
“My train just derailed and crashed into the Hoboken train station,” one passenger wrote. “Thankfully all I got was a crack to my head, please pray for the rest.”
Emergency responders flooded the area and were seen treating some people outside the station and transporting others to hospitals in Hoboken, which is directly across the Hudson River from New York City.
The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have dispatched investigation teams.
The FBI office in Newark said it has been in touch with law enforcement officials and had offered its assistance in responding to the crash. The New Jersey State Police also sent troopers to the scene, which they said was being managed by the New Jersey Transit agency.
Officials, including those at the NTSB, did not immediately say Thursday what could have caused the crash. But in the immediate aftermath, transportation officials, rather than law enforcement authorities, took the lead on the response and investigation, suggesting that terrorism was not initially suspected as a cause.
Train 1614 struck the building on track 5, NJ Transit said. The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform, according to the Associated Press, which noted that a metal structure covering the area collapsed.
“It simply did not stop,” WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told 1010 WINS. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”
One passenger, Joe Breen, said the train had just passed through a tunnel and had stopped before it started up again.
“It was going, I’d speculate, 10 to 15 miles per hour into the station, and it never slowed down,” Breen told CBS News. “It rammed into the barrier and basically kept going.”
Breen said passengers who had been standing in the aisle, preparing to get off, “kind of flew back,” with some hitting their heads.
Rail service has been suspended in and out of Hoboken.
An average of 60,000 people travel through Hoboken Terminal every weekday, making it one of the largest transportation hubs in the New York region. In addition to New Jersey Transit, the station also serves trains from Metro-North, the Port Authority Trans Hudson, and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system, along with New York Waterway ferries.