A commuter train crashed into the station at a major transit hub for Manhattan at the height of Thursday morning’s rush hour, and mass casualties were reported, including at least three deaths.
The three deaths were reported by NBC New York citing a medical examiner and a hospital official. Earlier, it said “mass casualties” were reported from the crash of the New Jersey Transit train. A medical examiner told NBC New York up to 100 are injured.
The cause of the crash at Hoboken, New Jersey’s station was not immediately known. New Jersey Transit officials are trying to determine the cause of the crash, including whether it was accidental or deliberate act. But they said there was no immediate sign that terrorism was involved.
NBC New York said the crash involved a train on the Pascack Valley Line, which starts in Spring Valley, New York, and runs through Bergen County, New Jersey, ending in Hoboken.
Passenger Bhagyesh Shah told NBC New York 4 he boarded the train at Secaucus, New Jersey.
“The next thing I know, we are plowing through the platform,” Shah said. “It was for a couple seconds, but it felt like an eternity.”
He said the first two cars of the train were especially crowded so that passengers could be closer to the Hoboken station.
“I saw a woman pinned under concrete,” Shah said. “A lot of people were bleeding; one guy was crying.”
The Federal Railroad Administration said investigators were en route to the scene.
Hoboken is across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
Carepoint Health Systems, which operates three hospitals in Hudson County, does not have a patient count in its hospitals in Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne are standing by
In a statement, NJ Transit said on Twitter, “Rail service is suspended in & out of HOB due to a train accident at Hoboken station” and “NJT bus & private carriers are honoring NJT rail tickets and passes.”
The agency later said on Twitter all PATH subway service at Hoboken was suspended.
The NJ Transit and Hoboken Police did not immediately respond to CNBC for comment. The National Transportation Safety Board and FBI did not immediately respond for comment.