A major crash in Hoboken early Thursday morning has claimed the lives of at least one victim and injured numerous others. According to New Jersey Transit, the crash occurred shortly before 9:00 am when a Pacsack Valley line train en route from Spring Valley, New York crashed into the station at the Hoboken transit hub.
Because the crash occurred at the peak of morning rush hour, and because the Pascack Valley line transports thousands of New York City-bound commuters through Bergen County, first responders are reporting numerous casualties. Although officials are still working to treat passengers and victims, initial reports state that at least one victims has died and more than 100 have been injured.
Authorities report the cause of the crash is still unknown and that an investigation surrounding the incident at the Hoboken train station are still ongoing. Officials from New Jersey Transit stated there were no apparent signs of terrorism, and the crash potentially appears to have been an accident.
Investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are also looking into the crash. These agencies are commonly involved in investigating large scale incidents, including the 2015 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia that injured over 200 and killed 8. Investigations discovered that the train in that incident was traveling at an excessive speed when it derailed.
As more details about the crash become available, we send our support to all victims and emergency responders who are still dealing with the aftermath. Our legal team also offers our full and passionate support to victims and families who may wish to learn more about their legal rights. Although investigations are ongoing, certain parties may be liable for the losses victims and families suffer should it be discovered that negligence was involved, or the crash could have otherwise been prevented.
Contact Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law if you have any questions regarding your rights.