Officials say at least one person is dead and scores were injured, after a commuter train ploughed into Hoboken station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Investigators probe cause of N.J. train crash
The commuter train crashed during the morning rush hour, leaving a scene of devastation inside the Hoboken train station.
At least one person was killed in the crash. Scores were injured.
A New Jersey Transit employee says he saw the train approaching at high speed before it smashed into a wall.
(SOUNDBITE) NEW JERSEY TRANSIT EMPLOYEE, MICHAEL LARSON, SAYING:
“I heard just an initial bomb sound. I knew it wasn’t a bomb because I saw it happen but it was just initially a horrendous, horrendous exploding noise. Concrete, dust, electrical wires and a train flying into the depot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
The injured were carried on stretchers to waiting ambulances, while survivors recounted their stories.
(SOUNDBITE) PASSENGER, JAMIE WEATHERHEAD-SAUL, SAYING:
“It was so packed. So we we collided, the second car kind of collided into us and shortened the vestibule area. And one of the young ladies who had been thrown from that area, her legs got stuck in the middle of that doorway. But we managed to pull her out before the actual, the last of the impact happened, so she was fine…”
The cause of the crash is still unknown, although an investigation is under way.