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N.J. Trains Resume After Fatal Crash

October 10, 2016

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Rail service at a New Jersey transit station damaged after a train crash that killed a woman on the platform and injured more than 100 is scheduled to resume Oct. 10.

Eight of the 17 tracks at Hoboken Terminal will reopen, according to New Jersey Transit.

The agency says Tracks 10 to 17 will be open for rail service, beginning with the first train. But Tracks 1 to 9 will remain out of service until further notice as repair work continues in that section of the busy station, where commuters connect with other trains and with ferries heading into New York City

Since the rail service will be modified in and out of the terminal, NJ Transit warned commuters that its bus, rail and light rail services may experience crowding conditions and delays.

One person was killed and more than 100 were injured on Sept. 29 when the train slammed through a bumper at the end of the track and dislodged an overhead canopy, showering debris onto the train.

The Federal agency investigating the crash has said the train sped up and was going twice the 10 mph speed limit just before the crash.

With the resumption of service, a new rule will require that the conductor join the engineer whenever a train pulls into the terminal.

That means a second set of eyes will be watching as a train enters the final phase of its trip at stations where there are platforms at the end of the rails.

In the Sept. 29 crash, the engineer was alone at the time. He has told federal investigators that he has no memory of the crash.

 

 

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