A New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday and there were reports of injuries, according to U.S. media reports and photos on social media.
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Dramatic pictures posted by commuters showed a train carriage that appeared to have smashed right through the station concourse, collapsing a section of the roof, scattering debris and wreckage and causing devastation.
Hoboken lies on the west bank of the Hudson River across from New York City. Its station is used by many commuters traveling into Manhattan from New Jersey and further afield.
"Unbelievable scene in Hoboken right now," wrote one Twitter user, Chris Lantero (@Chris_Lantero). "Train crashed and went straight through the platform into the station."
Officials from the local police, fire department and New Jersey Transit could not immediately be reached for comment, and there was no immediate word on injuries.
NJ Transit said in a post on Twitter that rail service in and out of Hoboken station was suspended due to a train accident.
PATH trains said on Twitter that due to a NJ Transit train derailment at Hoboken station, all of its services were also suspended.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney, David Ingram and Amy Tennery; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Frances Kerry)