A commuter train barreled into a New Jersey rail station during the Thursday morning rush hour, causing serious damage. Police told CBS New York station WCBS-TV there were serious injuries.
TV footage and photos from the scene Thursday morning show damage to the rail car and extensive structural damage to the Hoboken station. Images on social media show a train that appears to have gone through the bumper stop at the end of a track.
The train came to a halt in a covered area between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform. A metal structure covering the area collapsed.
“It simply did not stop,” CBS radio station WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told CBS station WINS-AM. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”
CBS News executive editor Steve Capus described the scene at the station as “devastating.” He saw one person on the ground who appeared to have a broken leg and a number of people holding bandages to their head, bleeding.
Scores of people were in a triage area at the station, many with bloodied shirts and clothing, Capus reports. Some people being taken out of the station appeared to be “severely hurt,” he said.
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