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Terrifying Train Crash at Hoboken Terminal on Thursday Leaves One Dead

Disaster struck New Jersey Transit commuters at 8:38 AM on Sept. 29 when train #1614 failed to stop at the end ot the track and slammed into the wall, then the ceiling of the historic station, killing at least one person and injuring up to 100.
September 29, 2016, 2pm PDT | Irvin Dawid
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"The cause of the crash at [Hoboken Terminal] was not immediately known," reports Berkeley Lovelace Jr. for CNBC. "NBC New York said authorities believe the crash may have resulted from operator error but stressed that the investigation was preliminary."

The New Jersey Transit was not equipped with the positive train control technology that slows down trains when they exceed the speed limit, NBC News reported. Initial reports indicated that the train did not slow down as it entered the station.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday officials will be looking into the positive train control technology and also for similarities between Thursday morning's crash and one in 2011 at the same station, Reuters reported. [NTSB briefing via YouTube].

However, the 2011 crash involved a Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) subway train, not a commuter train, reports J.D. Durkin for Mediaite.com.

The historic station is the second busiest transportation facility in the Garden State after Newark Airport. Passengers arriving on the New Jersey Transit Pascack Valley Line train from Spring Valley, along with passengers from seven other NJ Transit commuter lines [see map] and one Metro-North line, could transfer to:

"The landmark Hoboken Terminal, one of the metropolitan's major transportation hubs, underwent a $115 million renovation project 10 years ago," reports Ron Zeitlinger of The Jersey Journal.

The building, built in 1907 and owned by New Jersey Transit, underwent more renovations after it was flooded in superstorm Sandy in 2012.

This morning's crash caused major damage to the interior of the terminal and there was a partial roof collapse as well.

According to a NJ Transit commuter alert, "All [commuter] rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal remains suspended.  All Hudson Bergen Light Rail service into and out of Hoboken station remains suspended."

A PATH press release indicates that service will resume at 3 PM on Thursday, Sept. 29.

NJ Transit operates the second busiest commuter rail system in the U.S. after the Long Island Rail Road. Direct rail service to New York Penn Station is available from Secaucus Junction. See map below.

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Published on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in CNBC
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