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Deadly Hoboken Train Crash

Deadly Hoboken Train Crash

Crash into station platform leaves 1 dead, more than 100 injured

Passengers: Train 'Never Stopped' Before Plowing Into Hoboken Platform

Passengers describe terrifying train crash



    'Shocked' Survivors Recall Moment Train Crashed at Hoboken Train Station

    Dozens of survivors were treated throughout the day. Some said they thought it was an explosion, others said they ran for cover as the train ran off the tracks and debris collapsed on a waiting platform. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    Multiple passengers who were on a crowded commuter train that plowed into New Jersey Transit's Hoboken Terminal Thursday morning said the train did not brake before the crash. 

    "We approached the station and the train just felt like it never stopped," Jamie Weatherhead-Sal, who was standing at the door between the first and second car, told NBC4 New York. "The train just kept going, the lights shut off, people started yelling."

    A 34-year-old Hoboken woman was killed and more than 100 were injured in the crash, officials said. There were conflicting reports about the number of casualties throughout the morning.

    A New Jersey Transit spokesperson speaking at a short media briefing would not comment on how fast the train was going when it entered the platform.

    Witnesses Describe Chaos After NJ Transit Crash

    [NY] Witnesses Describe Chaos After NJ Transit Crash
    Witnesses explain what it was like to see the NJ Transit crash in Hoboken Thursday. Rana Novini Reports.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    Another passenger, Bhagyesh Sha, told MSNBC the train was traveling at its usual speed when it neared the terminal, but it never stopped.

    “It did not brake at all,” said Shaw, who was standing in the back of the second train car when it rammed through the platform. 

    He said the train hit a couple of pillars, causing the roof to collapse onto the train. 

    "It was for a couple seconds, but it felt like an eternity," Shah said of the crash. "I saw a woman pinned under the concrete. A lot of people were bleeding, one guy was crying." 

    New Jersey Transit machinist Michael Larson saw the train entering the platform at a "higher speed" than the usual two to three mph. 

    “It was horrific. It was an explosion of concrete, dust, electrical wire," Larson said of the crash.

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    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    He said passengers were scrambling to exit the train through windows but he and others tried to warn them of live wires hanging at the scene and to wait for emergency responders to arrive. 

    "One woman had a gash the entire length of her leg," Larson added. 

    The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station's indoor waiting area and the platform. 

    "It simply did not stop," WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told 1010 WINS. "It went right through the barriers and into the reception area."

    Ross Bauer, 32, a system engineer from Hackensack, New Jersey, who was riding at the back of the train, said the train was going into the station but "the car never decelerated."

    Bauer told NBC News he felt a "big jolt" before the train slammed into the platform. 

    Christie: 'Incredible' Destruction to Hoboken Terminal

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    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    Nancy Bido, who was sitting in the middle of the train, told NBC 4 New York that it felt like the train was "going really too fast" and "never stopped." 

    "Everybody was pretty shaken up and upset," said Bido who hit her head on the person in front of her. She was waiting to be taken to one of three hospitals in the area treating people.

    "It was a really disastrous scene," she said. 

    Weatherhead-Sal said she saw people get thrown on impact and one woman got her legs caught in the door. Fellow passengers were able to pull her up to safety. Another man was bleeding from a gash in his forehead but was still trying to help fellow passengers.

    "People in front of me were badly injured and then we just heard people were screaming in the first car; they were trapped, they couldn't get out," she said.

    The conductor helped them get off the train, added Weatherhead-Sal, who was not injured. 

    Survivor Recounts NJ Transit Train Crash

    [NATL-NY] Survivor Recounts NJ Transit Train Crash
    Jamie Weatherhead-Sal, a passenger aboard the NJ Transit train that plowed into Hoboken Terminal, recounts the harrowing experience.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    NBC staffer Aracely Hillebrecht, 32, was on the platform at the time the train hit the station.

    "I was about 30 feet from it," she told NBC News. "I heard screeching and we saw the train and someone yelled 'run.'"

    "We heard the train crash and heard the sound of water as the roof collapsed. People were scrambling and running away from the train." Hillebrecht said she saw people who were "really hurt" and "some people couldn't walk."

    Hillebrecht, who lives about 10 to 15 minutes away from the station, said she was not injured.

    Hoboken resident Matt Thompson recalled an eerie silence after the train hit.

    "It was just like maybe two or three seconds of just nothingness, and I froze, and then you just hear all these screams just pouring out," Thompson said. 

    Close-Up Video of Crashed NJ Transit Train

    [NATL-NY] Close-Up Video of Crashed NJ Transit Train
    Close-up video shows the train that crashed in to Hoboken Terminal Thursday morning.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    He said he saw people "running up the stairs on their hands and knees towards me." 

    Alexis Valle, a 24-year-old woman who is five months pregnant, told NBC 4 New York that part of the train collapsed on her head. She was dazed, but was picked up and passed out a window by someone else aboard the train. She said afterward, she was taken to the hospital, where she got four staples to the head.

    "I can't really take anything, so I had to get staples without medication or numbing," she said. 

    Emergency Responders on Scene of Hoboken Train Crash

    [NY] Emergency Responders on Scene of Hoboken Train Crash
    Emergency responders at the scene of a New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken on Thursday morning
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    Another passenger, Steve Mesiano, told MSNBC he heard a "huge, huge bang, and the lights went off." He was in the second train car, and said he saw the roof of the first car collapse.

    When he got out, Mesiano saw bloodied passengers everywhere. 

    "There was blood on the floor," he said.

    Major Train Accident in Hoboken, Injuries Reported

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    An NJ Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken at the height of Thursday's morning rush, leaving twisted piles of metal and bricks as concern grew over the possibility of mass casualties and dozens of injuries.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

    Roseanne Colletti contributed to this report.