Passengers on New Jersey train describe bloody scene after crash


HOBOKEN, N.J., Sept 29 (Reuters) - As New Jersey Transit train No. 1614 pulled into Hoboken, Linda Albelli realized something was not right.

"I noticed he's not slowing down, we're going too fast, and with that there was this tremendous crash," she said.

SEE ALSO: At least 1 killed, more than 100 injured in New Jersey train crash

Passengers and witnesses described a horrific scene on Thursday after the train, which was traveling south from Rockland County, New York, crashed through the Hoboken Terminal, a major commuter hub for the New York City area, at about 8:45 a.m. At least one person was killed and more than 70 injured.

Mike Larson, a New Jersey Transit machinist who was at the station when the train arrived, described a "bomb-like explosion" when it smashed through the bumper stop at the end of the track.

"It's hard to believe," said Larson, who had blood from a victim on his pants. "I've never seen anything like that in 29 years."

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HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: Train personel survey the NJ Transit train that crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: A NJ Transit train seen through the wreckage after it crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
Hoboken police officers look over the scene of a train crash where a New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station, injuring more than 100 people, in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Emergency workers arrive at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. There are preliminary reports of a crash with multiple serious injuries at the station, after a train struck a train station in Hoboken, New Jersey, with reports of injuries and possible mass casualties. / AFP / Kena Betancur (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
Emergency workers help an injured person at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A packed commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday, with three people reported killed and more than 100 injured, many of them in critical condition. The train failed to stop as it pulled into Hoboken station,, causing major damage to the transit hub just over the Hudson river from Manhattan. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
An injured woman is evacuated at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A packed commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday, with three people reported killed and more than 100 injured, many of them in critical condition. The train failed to stop as it pulled into Hoboken station,, causing major damage to the transit hub just over the Hudson river from Manhattan. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency workers help an injured person at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A packed commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday, with three people reported killed and more than 100 injured, many of them in critical condition. The train failed to stop as it pulled into Hoboken station,, causing major damage to the transit hub just over the Hudson river from Manhattan. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: People are treated for their injuries on the street after a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the platform at Hoboken Terminal during morning rush hour September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. According to reports, 3 people have been killed and over 100 injured. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: People are treated for their injuries outside after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: A NJ Transit train seen through the wreckage after it crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: Passengers rush to safety after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: The roof collapse after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at the Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
Emergency workers arrive at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said, with dozens of people reportedly injured. 'Due to a NJ Transit train derailment at #Hoboken Station, NJ, all PATH train service in and out of Hoboken Station is suspended,' New York's official emergency information system tweeted. / AFP / Kena Betancur (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Commuters gather at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said, with dozens of people reportedly injured. 'Due to a NJ Transit train derailment at #Hoboken Station, NJ, all PATH train service in and out of Hoboken Station is suspended,' New York's official emergency information system tweeted. / AFP / Kena Betancur (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOBOKEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 29: People are treated for their injuries outside after a NJ Transit train crashed in to the platform at Hoboken Terminal September 29, 2016 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo by Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images)
Emergency workers give aid to an injured person at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said, with dozens of people reportedly injured. 'Due to a NJ Transit train derailment at #Hoboken Station, NJ, all PATH train service in and out of Hoboken Station is suspended,' New York's official emergency information system tweeted. / AFP / Kena Betancur (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency workers gather outside New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said, with dozens of people reportedly injured. 'Due to a NJ Transit train derailment at #Hoboken Station, NJ, all PATH train service in and out of Hoboken Station is suspended,' New York's official emergency information system tweeted. / AFP / Kena Betancur (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency workers help an injured person at New Jersey Transit's rail station in Hoboken, New Jersey September 29, 2016. A commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said, with dozens of people reportedly injured. 'Due to a NJ Transit train derailment at #Hoboken Station, NJ, all PATH train service in and out of Hoboken Station is suspended,' New York's official emergency information system tweeted. / AFP / Kena Betancur (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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A New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour.
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Bloodied passengers escaped through the train's windows, while others staggered onto the platform, which was partially blocked by a collapsed section of the roof. The 1907 station is on the National Register of Historic Places.

"People in front of me were badly injured," said Jaime Weatherhead-Saul. "We noticed people were stuck and had to come out windows. And the conductor came off and he was completely bloodied."

Witnesses interviewed on television said they saw one woman who appeared to be dead and several others trapped under rubble immediately following the derailment. Hundreds of emergency personnel streamed into and out of the station, carrying injured people on stretchers to waiting ambulances.

Bhagyesh Shah, a passenger on the train's second car, told MSNBC it pulled into the station at normal speed and simply did not stop.

He said the first couple of cars are typically the most crowded with passengers seeking to transfer to the PATH train, which connects with Manhattan, as quickly as possible.

Lisa Hoskins, 43, of Hoboken, a regular commuter on PATH to New York, said a co-worker of her husband was on the train and said there was "so much blood."

"I want to know what's going to be done to make sure this doesn't happen again," she said.

Witnesses said passengers tried to help each other escape the train, many through windows, as commuters on the platform ran from the carnage.

"When we got on the platform there was nowhere to go," Albelli, 62, said. "The ceiling had come down. There was just so much, a lot of people in need of attention." (Additional reporting by David Ingram, David Alexander and Melissa Fares; Writing by Joseph Ax; Editing by Bill Trott)


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