Hoboken Train Station Scene of Fatal Wreck
September 29, 2016
The train nearly obliterated the station. One quick look at the video and it is obvious there is severe structural damage. With our close proximity to New York, we New Jerseyans have had our share of tragedy and disaster. But now Hoboken has been hit hard. Very hard.
As yet, there is still no explanation for what happened. Reports, one by the New York Times, indicated that well over 100 people have been injured, some critically. Many people have already been pulled from the wreckage of the train, which went over the bumper block and crashed through the station before landing in a waiting area.
This morning, CNBC reported that there had been three fatalities and more were expected. That number has now been revised to only one fatality. At this point, the crash is believed to have been caused by operator error, but this is only a preliminary finding-more details will come with the ongoing investigation. Initial reports state that the train did not slow down as it entered the station.
CNBC further reports that an FBI source indicated that the crash was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. This indicates that terrorism may be suspected.
If you were on the train, or know someone who was, you will likely need ongoing medical care. You may find that the trauma causes psychological issues such as insomnia, anxiety, and dissociation-a feeling that you are outside of your body. These are normal reactions to trauma, but they also require immediate medical attention. We can’t stress enough the importance of being seen.
We New Jerseyans will get through this–we are tough lot and we band together in emergencies. But, in addition to any physical injuries you may have, you may find either immediately, or in the months to come, that you will need counseling or other ongoing care. We can be of assistance. If you were, or know someone who was hurt, please contact us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
Update 10/3/2016: Please note that under New Jersey law, any injury claim must be filed within 90 days of the date of the accident. Don’t delay. Even if you are unsure whether you have a claim, contact us. We can assess your case quickly and ensure that your right to compensation is preserved.