Corzine visits crash survivors

January 16, 2009 6:04:20 AM PST
Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who survived a near-fatal motor vehicle accident almost two years ago, visited with passengers rescued from Flight 1549 at two New Jersey hospitals Thursday night, praising them for their spirit and lauding the plane's pilot and the rescue workers and civilians who came to their aid. Corzine said he was impressed by the stories of how people worked together inside the plane.

"It's one heck of a spirited group of people that survived," Corzine said. "Having come through one of those crashes where you thought the lights might go out, I can tell you there are a lot of happy people in there who feel they're blessed to see the sun come up tomorrow."

Speaking at Jersey City Medical Center, Corzine called it "one of those outstanding good news stories, not only for the lives saved but for the effort of one group of people trying to help another group of people get through."

US Airways Flight 1549, its engines disabled after striking a flock of geese, ditched in the Hudson River Thursday afternoon shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. All 155 passengers and crew members survived.

Corzine also visited with patients and staff at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen.

Corzine was critically injured in April 2007 when the SUV in which he was riding crashed on the Garden State Parkway near Atlantic City. Corzine, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time, was hospitalized for 18 days.

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