One Dead, More Than 100 Injured In New Jersey Train Crash

At least one person has died, and more than 100 others have been injured, following a train derailment and crash, at a station, in the US state of New Jersey.

At least one person was killed and more than 100 injured, some critically, when a commuter train ploughed into Hoboken station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials and media said.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told CNN one person was killed in the crash at one of the New York City area’s busiest transit hubs.

MSNBC reported three fatalities, citing the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark and the Jersey City Medical Center. Reuters could not immediately confirm the deaths.

Dramatic images posted by commuters on social media showed the front of the train had smashed right through the station concourse at high speed, bringing down part of the roof, scattering debris and wreckage and causing devastation.

The injured were carried on stretchers to waiting ambulances while a couple of hundred emergency workers shuttled in and out of the station. Dozens of police boats bobbed in the Hudson River alongside the terminal.

A spokeswoman for train operator New Jersey Transit, Jennifer Nelson, said well over 100 people were hurt, many of them critically.

Many passengers were initially trapped in the wreckage, witnesses and officials said, but they were later all reported to have been freed. Fox News said the engineer, or train driver, had to be extricated from the front car.

There was no word yet on what caused the crash.

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