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3 Dead in N.J. Commuter Rail Crash

At least three people are dead in a commuter train crash in Hoboken, N.J., during the morning rush hour that also injured more than 100 people, some of them critically, authorities said.

The New Jersey Transit train coming  from New York City, and arriving at Hoboken, across the Hudson River barreled into the the station without stopping. Witnesses reported seeing one woman trapped under concrete and many people bleeding after the New Jersey Transit train crashed at the Hoboken station.

“We have multiple injuries, multiple critical injuries right now,” said Jennifer Nelson, a spokeswoman for NJ Transit. “The terminal is shut down.”

New York television station WNBC said operator error is suspected, according to preliminary investigations.

Nancy Bido, a passenger on the train, told WNBC the train didn’t slow as it pulled into the station. “It just never stopped. It was going really fast and the terminal was basically the brake for the train,” she said.

The train had left Spring Valley, New York, at 7:23 a.m. and crashed into Hoboken Terminal at 8:45 a.m., said NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder. She said authorities are investigating what might have caused the train to crash. Meanwhile, rail service was suspended in and out of Hoboken.

The National Transportation Safety Board was opening an investigation into the crash and will send a team of investigators to the scene, said Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the board.

The Federal Railroad Administration also dispatched investigators to the crash scene, said spokesman Matthew Lehner.


Image: Associated Press