During the Thursday morning commuter rush, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into a station, injuring dozens and killing at least one. Authorities stated that at least two of the victims were critically injured.
Earlier reports claimed that three people died and over 100 were injured, yet CNN reports that 74 people were sent to hospitals. NJ Transit officials have not confirmed the exact number of injured people.
Four law enforcement officials alleged that the crash of train No. 1614 was accidental or caused by operator error, however they emphasize that the investigation is early and pending.
NJ Transit spokespeople have not confirmed a specific cause for the accident.
After the crash, rail service going in and out of the station was immediately suspended.
Surviving passengers and witnesses posted photos of the crash to social media. Based on the evidence, the train appears severely damaged, as do the structures and support beams within the station.
Several passengers reported being trapped after the crash with no where to exit because the roof caved in.
Several riders on the train recalled feeling as though the train was moving unusually fast as it approached the station.
"You felt like this huge, huge bang," said passenger Steve Mesiano. "The lights went off, and then you started to see like — I was in the window seat, so I could see like outside, what was happening, and the roof just collapsed on the first car."
The injured passengers are being transported to a New Jersey Medical center. Details about the injuries and identifications of the dead passengers are not yet known.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
(Photo: Twitter User @Cephster via AP)
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