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Commuter Train Crash in Hoboken, New Jersey Triggers Massive Disaster Response


Massive disaster response to Hoboken, NJ commuter train crash

A commuter train crashed in Hoboken, NJ during the morning commute on Thursday at around 8:30 a.m, triggering a massive disaster response. More than 20 ambulances initially headed to the scene to assist victims and provide transport to area hospitals.

The train was carrying an estimated 250 people at the time of the crash, and officials confirmed one death and at lest 75 other individuals injured at this point. Many injured passengers are in critical condition, and law enforcement said others are still trapped and first responders are working to rescue them.

The engineer and one other individual were cut from the first train car, but information regarding their condition is unknown at this time, although the engineer was rushed to a nearby hospital. Witnesses report that the train did not slow down entering the station, and then crashed through barriers into the terminal and reception area.

Other witnesses indicate that people may have head injuries, with many people bleeding, and others still reportedly trapped under wreckage debris. Many of the injured appear to have been on the platform or in the first car.

Images on social media depict major structural damage, including to the roof, support beams, and walls, that were sustained by the Hoboken, NJ terminal during the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is already beginning to gather evidence regarding the incident, which at this time, appears to be accidental, possibly attributable to some type of mechanical failure.


Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.