NJ.com and other news media is reporting that a New Jersey transit train crashed into the Hoboken station this morning, injuring as many as 100 and leaving at least one person dead.
Witnesses say the train never slowed down for the station, instead crashing at speed into the crowded facility. The train came to rest at the station’s indoor waiting area.
The train was the Pascack Valley line train from Spring Valley, NY. Passengers were unaware that anything was wrong until the train crashed.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an investigative team to the crash site.
Jersey Medical center alone is treating 51 people, 11 in serious condition and three in critical. A variety of injuries are being treated. They include internal injuries as well as facial and orthopedic injuries.
“Train accidents like this are especially injurious because seat belts are generally not provided. This can result in a chaotic accident scene with people thrown from the train, trapped underneath wreckage or crushed beneath the weight of other people or debris.” comments NJ train accident attorney Scott Grossman.
The cause of such an crash can range from operator error to mechanical failure. Regular maintenance must be strictly followed in the case of such public transit vehicles and failure to do so may result in a negligence claim.
State, city, and federal law may all be involved when a public transit accident occurs. Experienced legal help is essential to move an accident case forward.
If you or someone you loved has been injured in a public transit vehicle such as a commuter train, contact the Grossman Law firm today. We operate on a contingency fee basis which means there is no charge to you until we win your case. Call (732) 943-0383.