Train crash in Hoboken

A train didn’t stop and crashed into the station in Hoboken, New Jersey:

At least one person is dead and more than 100 people hurt when a NJ TRANSIT train crashed into the station in Hoboken, causing serious damage and snarling train service during the Thursday morning rush.

Earlier reports indicated that three people had been killed in the crash. But Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who represents Hoboken, said transit officials told him only one person had died and two were critically injured.

“We’re just praying at this point that the death toll doesn’t rise,” Mukherji told CBS2.

The exact extent of the other victims’ injuries is unclear. A number of area hospitals have been treating the victims, including at least 40 people who were taken to Jersey City Medical Center.

It’s still unclear what exactly caused the train to crash. Images from the scene posted to social media showed mangled metal, wires, concrete and other debris scattered all over the floor. It appears part of the ceiling also collapsed.

“It simply did not stop,” WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, told 1010 WINS. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”

We’ll see whether human error or instrument failure or something else was the reason for the crash, but I can’t help but think of the fact that failing infrastructure is a predictable consequence of lower average IQ.