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Train Accident Near Herald Square Injures 13

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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Posted on Oct 27, 2009

A New York train accident involving a PATH train injures morning commuters. The incident took place at approximately 8:15 AM on Wednesday morning, October 21, 2009.

The PATH train was traveling from New Jersey and arriving at 33rd Street Station near Herald Square when the incident took place. According to authorities, the PATH train overran its final stop and slammed into a barricade or bumping blocks inuring thirteen passengers.

All thirteen people suffered minor injuries. According to the spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Jennifer Friedberg, seven, including two crew members, were transported to nearby hospitals and treated for injuries. She indicated that the other six injured passengers declined medical attention.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operate the PATH train.

Friedberg noted that it is unclear as to the cause of the accident or how fast the train was traveling at the time of the crash.  She reported that the train was coming from Hoboken.

Friedberg indicated that there were 425 to 450 passengers on board the seven-car train at the time of the incident. The capacity of the PATH train is approximately 900.

A fire department spokesperson reported that between 60 and 80 fire personnel responded to the New York accident.

Friedberg stated that the last time there was a PATH train hitting bumping blocks was in 1999 or 2000. That incident also resulted in minor injuries.

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