“The next thing I know, I’m on the floor. We are plowing through something … and when the train came to a stop, I could see the parts of the roof on the first car and some of the debris next to me,” Shah said.
Images posted on social media showed severe structural damage at the station, where part of the roof appeared to have collapsed. Witnesses described people helping bloodied passengers, some trapped by debris, from the packed front car.
The crash comes five years after more than 30 people were injured when a train overran its stop at the same station
— which will be examined as investigators try to determine what caused Thursday’s crash, said Bella Dinh-Zarr, National Transportation Safety Board vice chairwoman.
The train’s engineer was “critically injured’ and receiving care at a hospital, and was cooperating with law enforcement officials, Christie said.
Car’s roof crushed down to the seats
The train — which Christie said had an engine pushing four passenger cars — was at the end of a 17-stop route that had begun more than an hour earlier in Spring Valley, New York. The Hoboken hub primarily serves the Lower Manhattan commuter market.
A New Jersey Transit worker at the station said he heard an explosion-like sound as the lead car, coming into the station fast, slammed into the bumper block, a device meant to halt trains that pass their stops.
“It went up and over the bumper block, through the depot … and came to rest at the wall by the waiting room,” worker Mike Larson said.