Sarah Blustain arrived at the Hoboken Terminal at 8:47 this morning, just two minutes after New Jersey Transit train 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line jumped a rail bumper and crashed through the terminal wall. The ceiling of the terminal had already collapsed. “I saw one woman who was seriously injured,” Blustain said, along with many people with more minor injuries. Within the hour, officials would report that one person was killed and more than a hundred were injured. The incident came just eleven days after pipe bombs were found at a transit station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and people at Hoboken Terminal were openly wondering whether the train crash was the result of terrorism. One man “said he heard an explosion and started running,” Blustain said. But soon Governor Chris Christie assured a worried public that there was no evidence this was anything other than a rail accident.
The Hoboken Crash and the Rail-Safety Problem
Sep 29, 2016