JERSEY CITY, NJ - A driver with a suspended license was injured and portions of an eastbound train on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line derailed following a Thursday crash, NJ Transit officials announced. The accident also caused significant damage to the platform.
According to a statement the driver, Jabron Johnson, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, struck the train at the Martin Luther King Drive Station after he failed to observe a signal. The train, which was carrying no passengers, was coming from the West Side Avenue station heading towards the Garfield Avenue station when it was struck.
The light rail operator also suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.
Service was partially suspended and supplemented by bus service for passengers traveling between West Side Avenue and the Liberty State Park station after the accident.
The, at times, confusing crossing may need a gate to prevent future accidents, Councilman Richard Boggiano suggested. Sitting side by side to the adjacent mall’s exit, a traffic light often shows green even at times when trains are crossing. Trains traveling in the opposite direction will often stop in the middle of the intersection to allow the train going the other way to cross over MLK.
Boggiano also shared that he is concerned about the increased traffic in the area partly due to the opening of the City Hall Annex and the influx of residents visiting the area from other parts of the city.
Rail crossings are a concern in other parts of the city as well, he added. “People try to get ahead of the trains even at Exchange Place.”
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