An Amtrak train derailed and collided into an NJ Transit train at Penn Station during the Friday morning rush hour. Pictured, the damage on the NJ Transit train
The Acela Express 2151 from Boston to Washington DC ‘had a minor derailment while moving at a slow speed,’ Amtrak said in a statement
Hundreds of passengers were on board during Friday’s rush hour. Three injuries were reported
Rail service has been suspended in and out of the station, with Midtown Direct trains diverted to Hoboken
An outgoing Acela Express 2151 train from Boston to Washington DC ‘had a minor derailment while moving at a slow speed,’ Amtrak said.
It hit an incoming NJ Transit train on the Montclair/Bontoon line and sideswiped it.
‘The rear of the [Acela] train was still on the platform, and all 248 passengers have exited the train onto the platform and into the station safely,’ Amtrak said in a statement.
Passengers on the NJ Transit train were also evacuated once it made it to the platform, Amtrak said.
Jennifer Hutzel, who was on the NJ Transit train at the time of the collision, told 1010 WINS: ‘We were just pulling into the station, not going very fast and I guess another train that was leaving hit us really hard and it basically sideswiped us.’
Another passenger Jordan Geary said the crash ‘blew my window out and into me’.
The FDNY were on the scene with several ambulances parked outside the station. Three minor injuries were reported,
Photographs showed the damage sustained by both trains. The vestibule on the Amtrak train was compounded, while the NJ Transit train was scraped all along one side.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said: ‘Thankfully we’re hearing there were no serious injuries at Penn Station after derailment of an Amtrak train.’
NJ Transit rail service has been suspended in and out of the station, with Midtown Direct trains diverted to Hoboken.
Cross honoring is in effect with NJT bus, private carriers, & PATH.
Service on the Long Island Rail Road has not been affected.
NJ Transit rail service has been suspended, causing travel chaos among commuters on Friday
Cross honoring is in effect with NJT bus, private carriers, & PATH. Service on the Long Island Rail Road has not been affected
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