The Hoboken train crash on Thursday happened when a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken station, killing a woman.
The crash occurred during morning rush hour, injuring more than 100 commuters. The train and the building were heavily damaged.
The engineer of the Hoboken train was found inside the train in a critically injured state.
According to Eyewitness News, 48-year-old Thomas “Tommy” Gallagher was the engineer. He was discovered on the controls of the train after the crash.
Gallagher was from Morris Plains, New Jersey. He was in critical condition when he was rushed to the hospital. According to a passenger, Gallagher was bloodied when he was taken out of the train.
It was later reported that Gallagher has been released from the hospital on Thursday night. Since then, he has been cooperating with the authorities investigating the cause of the crash.
However, Gallagher has not yet released a public statement about the crash.
It is speculated that Gallagher experienced serious health issues when the train crashed. But NBC News reported that “no red flags” were found in Gallagher’s history prior to the accident.
Gallagher never had any history of infractions. He never had any history of medical issues or any criminal record, the publication reported.
According to preliminary reports, the train crash was either an accident or the error of the operator, said law enforcement officials.
It was noted by Gallagher’s father that his son worked for New Jersey Transit for 19 years. Gallagher also worked as a station master, a part-time track worker, and an accident investigator.
“We’re very upset with this whole matter,” Gallagher’s father reported about the Hoboken train crash.
Gallagher’s father also stated that his son was healthy and is a committed worker who does not call in sick.
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