New Jersey Transit employee Michael Larson describes seeing a passenger train come into the Hoboken station at high speed, “basically through the air” and come to a rest when it hit the wall of the waiting room. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Witness recalls train going “basically through the air”
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STORY: At least three people were killed and more than 100 injured, some of them critically, when a New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday (September 29), U.S. media and a transit official said.
“I heard just an initial bomb sound. I knew it wasn’t a bomb because I saw it happen, but it was just initially just a horrendous, horrendous exploding noise,” said witness Michael Larson, who works with New Jersey Transit.
MSNBC reported that three people were killed, citing medical officials.
There were well over 100 people with injuries, many of them with critical injuries, New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson told reporters. She did not say if there were any fatalities.
Dramatic pictures posted by commuters showed a train carriage that appeared to have smashed right through the station concourse, collapsing a section of the roof, scattering debris and wreckage and causing devastation.
ABC News said on its website that New Jersey Transit was reporting many passengers were trapped.
Hoboken lies on the west bank of the Hudson River across from New York City. Its station, one of the busiest in the metropolitan area, is used by many commuters traveling into Manhattan from New Jersey and further afield.