MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) — Commuters speak to the fear they felt Thursday, at New Haven’s Union Station. Routine commutes turned into worry once details of the Hoboken, New Jersey train crash started to swirl.
“That’s scary. Could’ve been me or anyone,” said Kevin Paley, from Portland. “We got to figure out why (it happened) and my heart goes out to everyone that happened to.”
Mark Kersteen is a Madison native who lives in Jersey City, and commutes on New Jersey Transit through Hoboken daily. He tells News 8 that while walking on the concourse the train came smashing through the building.
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“Just as I was going into subway, I heard a huge sound, like rolling thunder,” Kersteen said during a phone interview. “Everyone started screaming and running and ran as fast as we could to get as far away from the sound as possible.”
Full details of the crash aren’t yet known, but Positive Train Control may have helped stop the train. So far in Connecticut, PTC has been installed from New Haven to the Rhode Island border. It is scheduled to be completed from New Haven south to the New York border by 2018. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said rail safety needs more investment.
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“There are systems that will stop or slow down trains and prevent this tragedy,” Sen. Blumenthal told News 8 Thursday. “We need to invest in those systems.”
As the investigation continues in New Jersey, those funneling through Union Station noticed a presence of heavy security, which we’re told was all routine, and train schedules that were for the most part right on time.
“I’m just hoping it’s mechanical error and not necessarily human fault,” said Jeremiah Louis, from Stamford. “But anything can happen any day. I’m worried for myself.”