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.