HOBOKEN — A New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday morning killing at least three, injuring more than 100 and causing massive damage according to reports.
There is heavy damage inside the terminal, according to WNBC-4.
Photos from the scene show a partial roof collapse and debris scattered about near where the Pascack Valley Line train crashed into the platform.
A spokeswoman for NJ Transit said train No. 1614 crashed into the Hoboken train station around 8:45 a.m. It left Spring Valley, N.Y. at 7:23 a.m.
WNBC said preliminary indications are that operator error is to blame.
Shawn Reyes, a contractor working on a restaurant remodeling across the street from the train station heard a “big rumble sound” as the train crashed.
“I was entering the building downstairs and then next thing I know I hear a big rumble sound, like, doo doo doo doo doo and then I look back, I see smoke coming out of a building up here, I see people running across the street,” Reyes said.
A bus driver nearby told him that it was a train crash.
“I thought it was a bomb at first, to be honest. But, after I was told there was a train crash, it kinda made sense because it was — it sounded like rumbles. Just compacting so it kinda makes sense that the train ran into the wall.”
Radio station WFAN anchor John Minko told WINS that the train “went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”
A woman from Hackensack who asked not to be identified said she was standing in the aisle of the first car of the train.
“It went through the station and the (station) roof caved in,” she said. “I fell down, picked up my stuff and was able to get out.”
She was unhurt, but a friend had to be taken to the hospital, she said.
A man riding the PATH from Newark Penn Station to Hoboken said all passengers were told to get off the train at the Newport stop in Jersey City. Paul Grygiel of Westfield then walked about 15 minutes to his office in Hoboken.
He said the only announcement made was that PATH service to Hoboken was suspended.
A witness who was in the Hoboken station said passengers on the train looked stunned as they disembarked after the crash.
“I think they were just shocked, I can’t tell what kind of injuries but they just looked shocked to be honest,” a witness said. “They were walking out limping, people were helping them, laying them on the ground, that type of thing. I didn’t see any blood, people were mobile.”
Ten patients have been taken to Hoboken University Medical Center and more patients are expected at Carepoint Hospital Bayonne and Christ Hospital, according to spokesman for the hospitals.
A Hoboken police officer said the “general immediate area of the Lackawanna terminal is closed at this time,” but no local roads or highways have been shut down.
All PATH service and all NJ Transit rail service is suspended into and out of Hoboken. Passengers are advised to use light rail.
State Police assigned to an emergency response team for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management were called to Hoboken to assist local authorities, according to an OEM spokeswoman.
On Monday, 30 people were hurt when two NJ Transit buses collided inside the Lincoln Tunnel.
Last month, two people were killed and 18 hurt when two NJ Transit buses collided at an intersection in Newark.
Jersey Journal staff writer Patrick Villanova contributed to this report. NJ.com staff writers Len Melisurgo and Jeff Goldman contributed to this report. The Associated Press contributed to this report.