1 dead, 74 hos­pi­talised

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

New Jersey Tran­sit train over­runs tracks, crashes into sta­tion

HOBO­KEN, NJ (AP): NEW Jersey Tran­sit spokes­woman says that more than 100 peo­ple were in­jured, some crit­i­cally, when a com­muter train over­ran the end of the tracks and ploughed into the Hobo­ken sta­tion.

The train was com­ing from Spring Val­ley, New York, on the Pas­cack Val­ley Line and crashed dur­ing the Thurs­day­morn­ing rush hour. It caused se­ri­ous dam­age to both the train and sta­tion.

Hos­pi­tals in New Jersey say they have re­ceived 74 pa­tients from the crash.

A spokesman for Jersey City Med­i­cal Cen­ter says it got 51 in­jured. Three are trauma pa­tients in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, while eight oth­ers are in less se­ri­ous con­di­tion. Forty oth­ers were brought in by bus, were triaged and were be­ing treated in its cafe­te­ria.

Of­fi­cials at Hobo­ken Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter say they re­ceived 22 pa­tients. Three of them had bro­ken bones, while the rest had bumps, cuts and other mi­nor in­juries.

The two hos­pi­tals are the pri­mary places tak­ing those in­jured in the crash, which killed one per­son. Another pa­tient was taken to Christ Hos­pi­tal in Jersey City.

APeo­ple ex­am­ine the wreck­age of a New Jersey Tran­sit com­muter train that crashed into the train sta­tion dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour in Hobo­ken, New Jersey, yes­ter­day.

Christie spoke to Fox News more than two hours af­ter the crash. He con­firmed that there has been one fatality.

The gov­er­nor says he, New York Gov­er­nor Andrew Cuomo, the Port Au­thor­ity of New York and New Jersey and New Jersey Tran­sit co­or­di­nated the re­sponse.

The New Jersey Tran­sit train was not equipped with tech­nol­ogy that is de­signed to slow speed­ing trains.

US rail­roads are un­der gov­ern­ment or­ders to in­stall the sys­tem called pos­i­tive train con­trol, but the work has gone more slowly than ex­pected. The dead­line has been re­peat­edly ex­tended and is now De­cem­ber 31, 2018.

Bob Chip­ke­vich, who for­merly headed the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s train crash in­ves­ti­ga­tions sec­tion, says the agency will be look­ing at whether the train was ex­ceed­ing speed lim­its, both when it was ap­proach­ing the sta­tion and when it en­tered the sta­tion area.

Last month, the Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion said New Jersey Tran­sit had a lot of work yet to do on in­stalling the nec­es­sary equip­ment. New Jersey Tran­sit re­sponded that the re­port didn’t re­flect the work it had ac­com­plished.

AP

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