Top Stories of the Year: #2 Hoboken Train Crash

On Sept. 29, a New Jersey Transit train crashed at Hoboken Terminal, killing one person and injuring more than 100.



Pascack Valley Line train No. 1614, en route from Spring Valley, New York, crashed into the station around 8:45 a.m. The train was discovered to have been going twice the speed limit at the time of the crash.



The woman killed was 34-year-old Hoboken resident Fabiola Bittar de Kroon. She was struck and killed by debris while standing on the station platform.



Many of the other injuries sustained were not life-threatening.



Train engineer Thomas Gallagher was also injured but was released from the hospital. Gallagher said he did not remember the crash, and it was later discovered that he had undiagnosed sleep apnea. Gallagher had been with the transit company for 29 years.



The crash caused heavy damage to the terminal, and the canopy of the station was originally resting on top of the train car.



The train was not equipped with a positive train control system, technology designed to slow speeding trains. U.S. railroads are under government orders to install PTC systems, but the deadline to do so has been repeatedly extended and is now Dec. 31, 2018.



The terminal resumed full service on October 17.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."