One person was killed and more than 100 injured when a commuter train plowed into a station in New Jersey at the height of the morning rush hour on Thursday.
In the accident at Hoboken station, a busy transit hub for commuters heading to New York City, a train smashed through a barrier at high speed and slammed into the terminal, toppling support columns and bringing down part of the roof, Reuters reports.
One person died on the platform after being struck by debris from the crash, and 108 people were injured, the report said, citing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The train’s driver was seriously injured and was in a hospital.
“We have no indication that this is anything other than a tragic accident but … we’re going to let the law enforcement professionals pursue the facts,” Christie told a news conference in Hoboken alongside his New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo said it was obvious the train had come into the station too fast, but it was unclear why.
The cause could be human error or technical failure, he said, adding it was too early say whether an anti-collision system known as positive train control could have prevented the crash.
A couple of hundred emergency workers spent the morning shuttling in and out of the station, some carrying the injured on stretchers to ambulances outside.
Federal investigators later began examining the wreckage.
Some of the injured were in critical condition, officials at two hospitals said. Several passengers were initially trapped in the wreckage, but they were later freed.
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