A PATH train accident in New Jersey at a Hoboken station injured 34 passengers on May 8, 2011. According to The Star-Ledger, the train hit a spring bumper/barrier at the termination of some tracks. Injured passengers were transported to Hoboken University Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Christ Hospital. Most of those injured are reported to have neck injuries, minor scrapes and bruises.
Witnesses to the accident stated it happened abruptly, with the train screeching, then colliding into the barrier. One witness stated he saw about 10 to 15 individuals being transported on stretchers or with cervical collars to stabilize their necks. A spokesman for the Jersey City Medical Center said that patients at the hospital were conscious and being evaluated for broken bones.
The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident and The Port Authority has not yet made public a cause for the accident; however, investigators are likely to examine whether operator error or a defective train component contributed to the accident. The train motorman is also expected to be tested for drugs and alcohol.
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