PATH derailment witness recount

7/10/2008:

It turns out that Hoboken411 reader “Bryan227” was on the PATH train that derailed yesterday, and he shares his experience below:

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Stopped dead in its tracks

“My wife and I were on the 5:25 PATH leaving Hoboken for 33rd Street. After about a minute or so, the train came to a screeching halt, like when someone slams on the brakes. After a minute or two of investigation (and they did announce that it was a potential mechanical issue), they tried to go again, but they moved forward an inch and stopped again. I could hear over the conductor walkie-talkies that they thought there had been a derailment.

The conductor from the front of the train came out of his booth (I was sitting in the first car) and went towards the back to help. After sitting there for about 20 minutes, they announced that the train was now out of service and that we were going to be escorted to a rescue train. Basically, everyone had to walk to the back of the train where we walked out of the last car and directly onto another PATH train that went back to the Hoboken station. As we walked back, we could clearly see that the train had stopped at the Y in the tracks (where it splits between NYC and Pavonia), so we knew there was no way for any trains to get into or out of Hoboken.

When we got back to the station, there were no passengers waiting on the platform, so apparently everyone had been informed that service was stopped. A PATH police officer came on board the train and immediately asked if anyone was injured or needed medical assistance. He then asked for names, dates of birth and telephone numbers for the report. We gave our information although some people refused to do so. We were told by the conductor that we couldn’t get off the train (and the doors wouldn’t open) until everyone had given their information (or politely refused to give it). However, a second, third and fourth officers came on the train and asked for the same information even though we had already given it to the first guy. These officers were a little less friendly than the first officer, and gave us a hard time when we said that we had already given our information to the first officer. When he said it was a precaution to make sure the information was properly provided in case we wanted to file a lawsuit, well then that was when I decided to give my name one more time just in case…

The only other way to get into Manhattan was via the ferry at the Hoboken Terminal. The line was ridiculously long at the ferry as they have no automated machines and there was only one person in the booth. Some people easily waited 30 minutes to buy a ferry ticket (of course, no PATH personnel were ever available to provide comp tickets or even offer assistance – when we got off the PATH train, there wasn’t a PATH official in sight).

All told, the 15 minute PATH ride ended up taking us over an hour and a half, but at least no one was hurt…”

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17 Comments on "PATH derailment witness recount"


dirtyjerz
Member
8 years 2 months ago

The PATH Alerts are a joke. If I need an update, I usually stick to here

Yankgrl
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Yankgrl
8 years 2 months ago

I have signed up for the PATH Alerts but it doesn’t help when they are inconsistant or wrong, as they were yesterday. I was sitting in the PATH at 33rd around 530 yesterday afternoon, after 15 min of sitting on the train they made an announcement that the Hoboken trains weren’t running and that everyone should take the JSQ trains. Seeing the mess trying to get on the train, I decided to walk over to the A/C and take the subway up to the PA since I live on the “north side” of Hoboken. The PA really needs to work on their A/C issues, but overall the line wasn’t THAT bad, although they were kinda long for both the Wash and Willow lines. However, after reading about the clusterf*ck that went on at Newport I’m happy I decided to take the bus. Overall it took me and hour an 1/2 to get home.

Katie_Scarlett
Member
8 years 2 months ago

I don’t think you can sue for loss of time under Jersey tort laws actually. I believe a real injury has to occur-but the “sphere of danger” or whatever they call it these days could also qualify you.

A current nj lae student or ambulance chaser should know for sure about the ability to sue.

madisonst
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madisonst
8 years 2 months ago

Sorry for those who were effected. I signed up for PATH Alerts, and got the email about service being suspended right before I left the office. I was able to take the ferry from WFC, and made it back to Hoboken within 20 minutes. So I recommend signing up – just for these special occasions. I get it delivered to my work email, so I don’t miss anything.

Also, some of you may know but they are planning to roll out new cars sometime in 2008 – and supposedly new PATH vision monitors in the station. Hopefully this will help those stuck on the platforms.
http://www.panynj.gov/CommutingTravel/path/html/new_cars.html

cmsmadison
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cmsmadison
8 years 2 months ago

BRILLIANT IDEA about the PATH VISION TVS saying when the next trains will come in! Maybe they can also tell you… Avoid the third train from the back cuz the AC is busted 🙂 lol.

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