PATH Resumes Service After Crash

Monday, May 9, 2011  |  Updated 10:35 AM EDT
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PATH Resumes Service After Crash

PATH train that crashed at the Hoboken station

PATH trains are running normally today after a train overshot the platform on Sunday, crashing into a barrier in a collision that injured 34 passengers.

None of the injures was fatal, officials said.

The commuter train from New York was pulling into its final stop at about 8:30 a.m. when it crashed, crumpling concrete and knocking down guard rails.

Crews worked overnight to restore service on all three tracks at the station, and some travelers said Monday they were not even aware of the crash a day earlier.

Andrea Sanchez, 23, of the Bronx, read a newspaper while riding PATH into Hoboken on Monday. "I'm like, oh my God! I hope nothing happens," she said, "but it was a smooth ride."

Authorities said it appeared that a mechanical failure was to blame, but the National Transportation Safety Board and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were investigating.

Those on board said nobody panicked, and passengers helped each other out of the train.

"People were stunned, but nobody was really going crazy or anything,'' said Tom Gordon of Jersey City, who was riding in the train's front car with about 15 other people. "I didn't know what had happened at first.''

First responders set up a triage outside the terminal to treat passengers, authorities said.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said most of the injured sustained cuts and bruises.

Passengers sitting in the front of the train absorbed the brunt of the impact, with several suffering broken noses, police said.

"I saw everybody going on the floor and a big sound came out of the train and it was hard to see some people," said passenger Jessica Pandey.

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