New Jersey Transit is the Most Dangerous U.S. Commuter Railroad, According to Report
An accident in September left one dead and 100 wounded.
New Jersey Transit saw more accidents in the past five years than any other U.S. commuter railroad, Associated Press reported in an investigation released Thursday.
The commuter railroad was involved in 157 accidents since 2011, three times as many as the Long Island Railroad. NJ Transit has also paid $519,280 in fines for some 183 federal safety violations in that five-year period, according to the same report.
"It speaks to a culture of not caring, of indifference to the safety of commuters, and paying fines without worrying about the effect of their infringements," Michael Lamonsoff, a lawyer who is representing one victim of the Hoboken crash, told AP. "This accident is testament to the fact they really don't care about their commuters."
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NJ Transit came under fire from the public after a commuter train crashed into the Hoboken, New Jersey station in September, killing one and wounding 100 others. The accident occurred when a train approached the Hoboken station at twice the usual speed.
"[The train] simply did not stop,” a radio anchor who had witnessed the crash told CBS at the time of the accident. “It went right through the barriers and into the reception area.”
The train shattered a skylight and sent debris raining down over the station, killing a 34 year-old woman who was standing on the platform.
NJ Transit declined to comment on the report.