‘It Never Slowed Down’: 1 Dead, 100 Hurt in NJ Train Crash

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HOBOKEN, NJ -- At least one woman is dead and more than 100 others injured after a train jumped the tracks in Hoboken, New Jersey during rush hour Thursday morning.

Witnesses say the train overran its stopping point, slammed into a bumper block, went airborne and hurtled through a passenger concourse at about 8:45 a.m. at the terminal, one of the busiest transit hubs in the New York area.

34-year-old Fabiola Bittar de Kroonof Hoboken was killed. Gov. Chris Christie said the woman had been standing on the platform and was struck by debris.


"The next thing I know, I'm on the floor," passenger Bhagyesh Shah said. "We are plowing through something and when the train came to a stop, I could see the parts of the roof on the first car and some of the debris next to me."

Images posted on social media showed severe structural damage at the station, where part of the roof appeared to have collapsed. Witnesses described people helping bloodied passengers, some trapped by debris, from the packed front car.

The engineer -- identified as 48-year-old Thomas Gallagher -- was treated and released from a hospital. He is cooperating with law enforcement officials, Christie said.

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