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September 29, 2016

Train crash at Hoboken station in New Jersey kills one, injures 108

A commuter train has crashed into the reception area of Hoboken station in New Jersey, US, killing one person and injuring 108 others.

By Srivani Venna

A commuter train has crashed into the reception area of Hoboken station in New Jersey, US, killing one person and injuring 108 others.

The train, which was travelling at a high speed with around 250 passengers, failed to halt on the track and reportedly crashed through ticket barriers.

The incident severely damaged train carriages and a portion of the station's roof caved in.

"This train came in at a high rate of speed into the station and crashed through all of the barriers."

Firefighters helped people from wrecked carriages after the crash. 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said: “What we know is that this train came in at a high rate of speed into the station and crashed through all of the barriers bringing it right to the interior wall of the Hoboken Terminal.

“Extraordinary reaction from local law enforcement and EMS along with civilian passengers, who assisted EMS, and local police and State Police in evacuating the trains as quickly as possible and helping with the triage of the passengers who were injured and getting them immediately to local hospitals for them to receive health care.”

The transit train smashed through a concrete-and-steel bumper and hit pillars, causing a section of the station roof to collapse onto the train.

Fox News reported that the train’s cab was not equipped with an inward-facing camera so that a complete picture of the operator's actions could be obtained.

The Hoboken station handles more than 50,000 train and bus passengers a day.

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