HOBOKEN, NJ – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the NJ Transit commuter train that crashed into the Hoboken terminal, killing a person on the platform and injuring another 108, “came in too fast.”
The commuter train on the Pascak Valley Line from Spring Valley, New York, entered the Hoboken Terminal at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, crashing through a concrete stop, sending at least one of the front cars airborne into the Track 5 platform and stopping just at the wall going into the terminal, Christie said during a 2 p.m. press conference at the terminal with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The crash caused part of the roof of the terminal to collapse and brought down a number of electrical wires.
The debris killed an unidentified woman standing on the platform, the other injuries took place on the train, Christie said.
“What we do know is that this train came into the station at a high rate of speed,” Christie said. “Crashing through all the barriers and bringing it to the interior wall of the terminal.”
Christie commended the first responders, NJ Transit employees and commuters that, he said, rushed into the crash site to evacuate people from the train.
He said that the engineer for the train was alive and taken to the hospital where he was cooperating with law enforcement to discover the cause of the crash.