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Accident Report Detail

Collision of Port Authority Trans-Hudson Train with Bumping Post at Hoboken Station

Executive Summary

On May 8, 2011, about 8:32 a.m. eastern daylight time, Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH) train 820, consisting of seven multiple-unit electric locomotives, was routed to platform track 2 to offload passengers at the Hoboken station in Hoboken, New Jersey, when it struck the bumping post at the end of the track. It was estimated that 70 passengers were on board the train. As a result of the collision, 30 passengers, the engineer, and the conductor were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries and released the same day. Five injured passengers refused medical attention on scene. PATH estimated total damages to be $352,617.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer to control the speed of the train entering the station. Contributing to the accident was the lack of a positive train control system that would have intervened to stop the train and prevent the collision.

Accident Location: Hoboken , NJ    
Accident Date: 5/8/2011
Accident ID: DCA11FR003

Date Adopted: 11/5/2012
NTSB Number: RAR-12-05
NTIS Number: PB2012-916305

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