1 Dead, More Than 100 Injured in NJ Transit Train Crash at Hoboken Station

An NJ Transit train crashed into Hoboken Station. Photo courtesy of David Richman.

An NJ Transit train crashed into Hoboken Station. Photo courtesy of David Richman.

By Michelle Sartor Lang
Senior Multimedia Digital Producer

An NJ Transit train crashed into Hoboken Terminal building on track 5 Thursday morning at approximately 8:45 a.m., according to NJ Transit. Images show heavy damage and Gov. Chris Christie said one person died and more than 100 people were injured.

Christie said the cause of the crash, which involved a train on the Pascack Valley Line, isn’t clear at this time, but the train did come into the station at a high rate of speed. The engineer is cooperating with the investigation, according to Christie. The one fatality was a person who was not aboard the train. Christie said that death was caused by debris as a result of the crash. He said the majority of the injuries were to individuals who were passengers on the train.

In the afternoon, reports came out that the victim who died was Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, of Hoboken.

NJ Transit, PATH and Hudson Bergen Light Rail service in and out of at the Hoboken station is suspended. New Jersey Transit buses, private carriers and New York Waterway are cross honoring rail tickets. Christie said the PATH terminal is fine and PATH trains will be able to run.

NJ Transit released information about changes for the evening commute Thursday. Starting at 4 p.m., Main, Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines will operate on a modified weekend schedule in and out of Secaucus with shuttle buses between Hoboken and Secaucus.

NJ Transit released an emergency number for calls regarding this incident — 855-336-1774.

According to a spokesperson from Hoboken University Medical Center, 22 people were transported there, all adults. None were critically injured. There were five lacerations, three fractures and the rest of the injuries were minor.

The NTSB is launching a team to investigate the crash.

Christie joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Hoboken for a press conference about the incident. NJTV News live coverage:

NJTV News has live coverage about the incident earlier in the day:

NJTV News Correspondent Brenda Flanagan was live on the scene:

Lisa Voyticki of NJTV News got accounts from people who witnessed the train crash:

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NJTV News will provide more information as it becomes available.