Girl struck by Light Rail

3:45pm Update from Bloomberg:

“Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — A train on New Jersey Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line struck a 6-year-old girl as it was pulling into Hoboken’s 9th Street-Congress Street station today, sending her to the hospital with head injuries, a spokesman said.

The girl was struck by the northbound train as she entered a walkway from one platform to the other at about 10:45 a.m. local time, New Jersey Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said in a telephone interview.

The train was pulling into the station and slowing down when the girl was struck, Stessel said. The walkway was equipped with warning lights and bells that were working when she tried to cross the tracks, he said.

She was taken by ambulance to Jersey City Medical Center, where she was being treated this afternoon and was “responsive,” Stessel said. A hospital spokeswoman said she
couldn’t provide any information on the child, whose name wasn’t immediately available.

There was a southbound train stopped at the station when the girl was struck, and there were several witnesses to the accident, including the operators of both trains, Stessel said.

One adult was with the victim at the time of the incident, he said, although he didn’t know their relationship.”

12pm:
From the Journal:

Report: 8-year-old girl struck by light rail

An 8-year-old girl was struck by a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train at 10:45 this morning at the Ninth Street station in Hoboken, according to an NJ Transit spokeswoman.

After being struck by the train, the girl ended up between the platform and the train, the spokeswoman said.

NJ Transit Police and North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue responded to the accident and the girl was taken to Jersey City Medical Center at 10:58 a.m., she said.

Disruption to service was “minimal”, she said.

No further details were immediately available.

Charles Hack

Hoboken Light Rail Accident August 6 2007

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32 Comments on "Girl struck by Light Rail"


elainetyger
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elainetyger
9 years 1 month ago
I am a 5-year EMT volunteer with the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which provides Basic Life Support and transport at no charge to patients. I was not on this call, and couldn’t comment on it if I was, due to very strict governement privacy rules, but I can speak to some of the questions about trauma protocol. I ride about 5 shifts a month. The last time I took someone to JCMC was at least 3 months ago. Simple trauma eg broken bones go to Hoboken Medical Center. Multiple trauma, significant mechanism of injury such as falling off a roof, multiple fractures, gun shot to the chest, head trauma with loss of consciousness go to JCMC which I believe is a level 1 trauma center. For patients who have extremely severe specific injuries such as pediatric skull fracture or severe burns, they may be transported by helicopter to UMDNJ in Newark or somewhere that is specific to their severe injury. If it is a single injury with only our corps (BLS) responding, then our crew decides where the patient should go based on protocol and the patient’s needs. If it is a single injury with paramedics (paid Advanced Life Support employed by JCMC, and billable to patients) that are also dispatched to the scene, then the paramedics (ALS) are a higher level of medical response, so they would be in charge of deciding where the patient goes. ALS is sent either by the 911 medical dispatcher, based on his/her evaluation… Read more »
hobokentownie
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hobokentownie
9 years 1 month ago
[quote comment=”37846″][quote comment=”37842″][quote comment=”37802″]I wonder if any “Lightrail Chaser” lawyers are already on the scene….[/quote] Funny. I am sure NJTA called their insurance claims people to start spinning it. Was the driver of the train paying attention? Don’t be a minion of the insurance propaganda machine.[/quote] There he is, our very own ambulance chaser. So tell me, how does it feel to be at the bottom of the barrel? Especially a barrel as low as lawyers? I mean hey, everyone hates lawyers, but they REALLY hate PI attorneys. :mrgreen:[/quote] Funny reply from a fake lawyer. In all honesty, the people who say they don’t sue are the same people who sit across from me at my desk seeking revenge & justice when their husband, wife, child or parent has been seriously injured. They are the same WTC families that want to sue NYC for letting works into the area immediately after the attack. The only ones who hate us are the insurance hacks and those fools that actually believe that jury verdicts effect their car insurance. Crime is down, so why is comprehensive insurance still so high? Profit of the insurance carrier. Everyone seems to attack this kid, but what about NJTA they have an obligation to avoid pedestrian accidents. This is the same with the NYCTA, trains just shouldn’t hit people unless they jump in its path intentionally. I have heard people claim you are a lawyer, not I assume you do something like Landlord Tennant, Workers’ Comp or… Read more »
Cat
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9 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”37826″]Where was the parent or adult during this whole thing?? Who lets an 8 year old run-a-muck around a 500 ton moving vehicle? :x[/quote]

As krew said, the child was 6, not 8. I have too much trouble keeping up with my fast-moving 4 year old to be willing to criticize the parent of a faster-moving 6 year old without a lot more information. I’m just glad the kid wasn’t hurt worse than that.

Katie_Scarlett
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9 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”37842″][quote comment=”37802″]I wonder if any “Lightrail Chaser” lawyers are already on the scene….[/quote]
Funny. I am sure NJTA called their insurance claims people to start spinning it.

Was the driver of the train paying attention?

Don’t be a minion of the insurance propaganda machine.[/quote]
There he is, our very own ambulance chaser. So tell me, how does it feel to be at the bottom of the barrel? Especially a barrel as low as lawyers? I mean hey, everyone hates lawyers, but they REALLY hate PI attorneys. :mrgreen:

gman
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gman
9 years 1 month ago

I really hope the little girl is okay. No 6-year old should have to experience something like this. What a horrible day for her and her family.

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