Service Resumes at Hoboken Terminal Following Fatal Train Crash
Photo: Aftermath of train crash at Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29. (Photo via @NBCNewYork)
On Monday, New Jersey Transit service began once again at the Hoboken Terminal less than two weeks after a train crashed at the facility, killing one person and leaving over 100 more injured.
According to The Associated Press, eight of the 17 tracks at the Hoboken Terminal were reopened Monday at 6:30 a.m. local time. While tracks 10 through 17 are now open for travel, Tracks 1 through 9 remain closed as repairs continue following the accident.
NJ Transit officials are warning travelers about longer wait times due to the tracks which have not reopened, and they are suggesting commuters consider other bus, rail and light rail services until the Hoboken Terminal is 100 percent operational again.
In response to the crash, NJ Transit has now instituted a new set of rules that requires the conductor to join the engineer in the first car whenever a train pulls into the terminal. In the case of another emergency, there will now be two trained professionals who can assess what’s happening and work together to avoid a similar incident.
The original accident took place on Sept. 29 when a NJ Transit train crashed through a bumper at the end of the track and dislodged an overhead canopy. During the incident, a woman standing on the platform was killed and more than 100 others were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the accident, and officials have found evidence suggesting the train was going twice the 10 miles per hour speed limit marked for the terminal.
Two black boxes and the front-facing video footage have been recovered from the train crash. While the first black box was unusable, investigators used the other information to conclude that the train’s engineer accelerated to 21 miles per hour before using the emergency brake just prior to the crash.
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