New Jersey Transit Train Derails at Penn Station, Injuring Passengers
Earlier today, a New Jersey Transit train derailed in Penn Station causing injuries to at least five passengers. This train accident is the second derailment to occur in Penn Station over the past two weeks. On March 24, a slow-moving Amtrak train derailed and struck a New Jersey Transit train, causing injuries.
The train that derailed this morning had originated in Trenton and travelled along the Northeast Corridor line to Penn Station. Several of the injured passengers were taken to Bellevue Medical Center in New York for treatment.
The train, Northeast Corridor Train Number 3926, was carry approximately 1,200 passengers when the accident occurred. The derailment happened as the train was pulling into Penn Station.
Officials described the impact as severe, and noted that the force of the impact caused a wheel to break off of the train.
According to CBS News, a passenger on the train stated, “It felt like a movie earthquake scene. It was pretty wild. Everyone just started jumping up and down, falling on the floor. Luckily after a couple of seconds, the whole thing stopped.”
According to FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Gala, “We have damage to the track, we have damage to the wheels on two of the trains. Was is a track problem, a switching problem, a wheel problem, that’s going to be investigate by Amtrak.”
Amtrak owns and maintains the train tracks and related infrastructure at Penn Station.
It took the Fire Department of New York several hours to remove all passengers from the derailed train. FDNY Chief Roger Sakowich said, “The biggest part of the issue was that the trains derailed in a way that it pinched the cars so that the doors to the cars did not align up. So we had to take people from the last four cars, which took a little bit of time, down onto the tracks.”
If you are a loved one have been injured in this accident or any other accident involving NJ Transit, please contact us today. Our New Jersey Train Accident Attorneys can advise you of your legal rights and file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering. The initial consultation is always free and we only charge a fee if we are successful in obtaining compensation for your injuries. Please contact us as soon as possible, as there is a strict time limit in New Jersey in which train accident claims may be filed.