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Engineer Describes Terrifying Hoboken Train Crash

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 04, 2016 in Personal Injury

emergency room signSoon after the horrific train crash on Thursday in Hoboken, New Jersey, that left one dead and more than 100 injured, a train engineer who witnessed the crash spoke to reporters.

The engineer from Bear, Delaware, has been piloting freight trains for 17 years for the Norfolk Southern rail system and was on special duty in Hoboken on Friday.

He told reporters that he was at a downtown Dunkin Donuts when he heard a loud noise, almost like a bomb – that was the sound the train made after plowing through a barrier and into a wall.

Instead of running away from the danger and the commuters fleeing the rail station, the engineer ran toward it to help victims.

He was one of the first people to see the engineer of the crashed train, who was slumped over in his seat, leading the freight train engineer to wonder if he had a heart attack or passed out.  

When asked by reporters why the train did not stop, the veteran engineer said that on most trains the engineer has to trigger an automatic stopping system at least 30 seconds before the train is expected to arrive at a station.

At a news conference on Sunday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said that the train engineer said he felt well rested and was not aware of any mechanical problems before the accident occurred. However, while he remembers waking up after the accident, he does not remember the accident itself.

Even after interviewing the engineer and train conductor, investigators still do not know what caused the crash.

Investigators are focused on recovering black boxes that recorded the moments before the crash occurred. Although they have recovered one data recorder, it was broken and did not offer any leads.

Train service out of the damaged Hoboken terminal has been suspended until further notice by New Jersey Transit.

If you or a loved one was injured in this train crash, the personal injury attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi may be able to help you recover compensation. We offer a free initial consultation and do not receive compensation unless we achieve a favorable settlement or verdict.

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