By now, you probably have heard there has been a major train crash in the Hoboken NJ commuter rail station. It is basically a transfer station between New Jersey Transit and PATH, the subway system that carries commuters to the World Trade Center and the PATH line under Manhattan.
The report is that a commuter train that originated in New York failed to slow and hit the “end of track” bumper intended to stop the train before it hits the station, but it is intended to stop the train at very slow speed, not full speed.
There was a similar accident a few years ago in Chicago were a CTA driver managed to override the protections and plowed the train into the station below O’Hare airport. In that case it was like 3 AM and nobody on the train or the platform, but it took months to restore the operation.
The report is that part of the roof has collapsed. People who live in NJ and work in NYC have a big problem now. The alternative is to ride ferries across the Hudson, but NJT already runs beyond capacity.
I didn’t expect the Saudis to give the “go orders” until Friday after prayers. Maybe this was just an accident. Time will tell.