UPDATE: The State Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman who was tragically killed this morning as a result of a train crash at Hoboken Terminal Rail Station. The victim has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, of Hoboken.
According to her LinkedIn site, de Kroon was a “Corporate Lawyer, MBA (USA), with solid experience in the legal field. Business oriented mindset, team player and hands-on professional, actively participating in the Company’s decision making processes and handling strategic matters for the Company. Working as business partner with focus on results. International experience and graduation. Fluent in English.”
She listed her specialties as “Brazilian law; business and corporate law; contracts negotiation and execution; consumer goods industry; management.” She was a senior legal counsel for SAP.
The engineer who was operating the train remains in critical condition in an area hospital but is reportedly cooperating with authorities investigating the crash.
Dramatic video and photos, many of them disseminated on social media, captured dramatic images of the mangled wreckage in the historic train station.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at an impromptu news conference in Hoboken, after the morning train crash.
It’s not clear what caused the horrific crash, said the governors of New York and New Jersey, who joined together for a joint press conference on Thursday.
“We know what happened,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to the train’s speed. “We don’t know why it happened.”
Serious damage to the station, with a twisted pile of metal and bricks where the roof caved in, was evident from pictures taken at the scene. At least one train car appears to be inside the station and part of the roof appears to have collapsed.
Several witnesses described how the train was travelling too fast and the first car rose into the air as it failed to stop in time and collided with a concrete block during rush hour on Thursday morning while being used by many commuters.
Under federal law, the National Transportation Safety Board is an independent agency responsible for investigating and determining the probable cause of every accident in the United States involving modes of transportation – civil aviation, rail, highway, marine and pipeline.
Hoboken is seven miles out of New York City and adjacent to Jersey City in Hudson County.
This is a video feed obtained showing the disaster scene.
Jim Smith, a spokesperson for New Jersey Transit, confirmed that there were “multiple critical injuries” when a New Jersey Transit train struck the Hoboken Terminal building on Track 5 around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday. The train was No. 1614, a Pascack Valley line train traveling from Spring Valley to Hoboken.
Michael Larson, a New Jersey Transit employee, was in the station when the train crashed. He said he crawled on his hands and knees to pull people out of the first train car.
“The first car was pretty well destroyed,” Larson said at the station. “The whole roof was caved in. The seats were broken.”
“There are fatalities,” said another senior transportation official who asked not to be identified. “There are a significant number of injuries. The train was going very fast. There are structural concerns about the facility.”
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