3 dead, more than 100 hurt in US train crash

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

HOBOKEN: A packed com­muter train crashed into a sta­tion in New Jer­sey dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour yes­ter­day, with three peo­ple reported killed and more than 100 in­jured, many of them in critical con­di­tion.

The train failed to stop as it pulled into Hoboken sta­tion, caus­ing ma­jor dam­age to the tran­sit hub just over the Hud­son river from Man­hat­tan.

Michael Lar­son, a New Jer­sey tran­sit em­ployee, told CNN the train hit a con­crete block at the end of the line with such force that it went air­borne – hit­ting the roof, caus­ing it to partly col­lapse.

“We have 100-plus in­juries,” Jen­nifer Nel­son, a New Jer­sey tran­sit spokesman, told re­porters at the scene, adding that there were “mul­ti­ple critical in­juries”.

NBC and CBS reported three fa­tal­i­ties from the early morn­ing ac­ci­dent. No of­fi­cial toll was im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Nel­son said there were around 250 pas­sen­gers on the train at the time and that it was not known if there were still peo­ple trapped.

Pas­sen­gers quoted by US me­dia de­scribed the train ram­ming at full speed into the bumper at the end of the track.

“We never slowed down,” Jim Fi­nan, a com­muter from New Jer­sey, told Fox. “We ploughed, I mean, right through the bumper. Af­ter­wards, there was panic. Peo­ple were try­ing to smash win­dows to get out.”

Fi­nan said it was an un­usu­ally crowded morn­ing. “Ev­ery­one who was stand­ing kind of went fly­ing,” he said. “I saw a lot of head in­juries and peo­ple with cuts.”

Nel­son told re­porters it was not known how fast the train was trav­el­ling as it en­tered the sta­tion and that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

Emer­gency ve­hi­cles con­verged on the scene in re­sponse to the crash. – AFP

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