A New Jersey commuter train derailed at the Hoboken train station yesterday morning, causing significant injuries to more than 100 people and resulting in one death. Witnesses said that the train accident happened so suddenly that passengers did not have any time to adjust themselves or prepare for impact. Moreover, many commuters who were standing on the platform at the Hoboken station and waiting for the train to arrive did not realize that the train was hurtling toward them until it was too late.
The Hoboken Terminal is one of the New York metropolitan area’s busiest transportation hubs, with more than 50,000 people using the terminal every day. Nine different transportation lines service the Hoboken station, including NJ Transit (NJT), Metro-North Railroad, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH), NJT buses, private buses, and NY Waterway ferries.
Hoboken Train Accident Causes Serious Injuries, One Death
According to officials, a total of 114 people were injured as a result of the train crash. Many of the injuries were suffered by people on board the train, which was packed with people on their way to work in the morning. Additionally, one person died in the horrific train accident. The victim, a 34-year-old woman from Hoboken, died when she was struck by debris while waiting on the train platform.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are already hard at work as they attempt to determine exactly why the Hoboken train did not decelerate as it approached the station. NTSB investigators will almost certainly speak with Thomas Gallagher, the train engineer. Gallagher reportedly suffered minor injuries in the crash and was later released from a local hospital. According to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Gallagher is cooperating with authorities.
NJ Train Accident Victim Must Act Quickly
Anyone who was on board the Hoboken train that crashed is going to have a limited amount of time in which to file a legal action for damages. That’s because the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, which governs injury claims involving a government entity, stipulates that a formal notice of claim must be sent within 90 days of a New Jersey Transit accident. As a result, it is absolutely imperative that train accident victims speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
For additional information, read the CNN.com article, “Hoboken Train Crash: 1 Dead, More Than 100 Injured.”
The personal injury lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. are investigating claims regarding the NJ Transit train accident in Hoboken. Please contact us immediately if you were involved and would like a free consultation. The personal injury attorneys on our legal team have decades of combined experience handling these types of train accident cases throughout New Jersey.