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One dead, 108 injured in New Jersey station train crash

NEW YORK, Sep 30 (Agencies): A commuter train rammed into the terminal of the New Jersey Transit Hoboken station late Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and 108 others injured. The rush hour wreck happened around 8:45 a.m.local time — obliterating part of the station’s roof, mangling steel beams and smashing glass.

 “I thought we were going to die," passenger Alexis Valle, a female passenger, said and added: "I didn’t think we were going to get out ... the train didn’t stop. It kind of picked up speed and then crashed into the building."

One passenger saw a conductor “completely bloodied” as she stepped off the ravaged Pascack Valley Line train.

"We saw that the entire structure had collapsed into the front of the train," Jamie Weatherhead told The News.

She said the train never seemed to slow down before the crash.

"It was the standard speed. We saw that we were in the station already," she said.

"I’m not sure why it didn’t slow down or if it tried to brake. The lights went out. We felt more than a jolt. Everyone was thrown to the other side. They were yelling, ’Stay calm! Nobody start running!’”

"It was horrifying," said witness Alyson Hudson, who was riding on the Montclair-Boonton line.

The one person who died was killed by debris from the destruction, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a press conference. The train engineer was critically injured, as were many of the passengers, officials said.

The train departed from the Spring Valley station in Rockland County at 7:23 a.m., and the Hoboken terminal was its last stop. 

The cause of the crash and speed of the train were not immediately determined.

 

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