At least one person was killed and more than 100 injured, some critically, when a commuter train plowed into Hoboken station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials and media said.
"I thought to myself, 'Oh my god, he's not slowing up, and this is where we're usually stop,'" Albelli said. "'We're going too fast,' and with that there was this tremendous crash."
Passengers helped each other off the train and onto the platform. The injured sat on benches in the station while they waited for first responders, said Albelli, who lives in Closter, New Jersey. She did not know how many had been hurt.
"There was just so much, a lot of people in need of attention," she said. "There were a lot of people who were really hurt."
The train had about five or six carriages and was not full because many passengers got off at Secaucus, Albelli said.
'HARD TO BELIEVE'
New Jersey Transit employee Michael Larson talked to reporters outside the station looking shocked and with blood from one of the injured passengers on the knee of his pants.
"It's hard to believe. I have no idea what caused it," Larson said. "The whole roof was caved in."
A major transit hub, the historic green-roofed Hoboken Station is served by NJ Transit commuter trains connecting much of New Jersey with the country's largest city, as well as PATH, a more local subway-like service going into Manhattan, a local light rail service and ferry service to New York.
Train #1614 was on the Pascack Valley line, which goes through Northern Bergen County, and had originated at Spring Valley, according to media reports. It was on track five when it hit the Hoboken terminal building at about 08:45 EDT.
Jamie Weatherhead-Saul, a passenger on train, said the people sitting in front of him were badly injured.