Full PATH service restored after Hoboken train crash

May 9, 2011 3:16:08 AM PDT
PATH train riders are catching a break Monday morning, as it appears full service has been restored after a crash on the tracks.

PATH officials now say all tracks will be open for the morning commute.

Some 250,000 passengers ride on PATH train service each and every commuting day. The Port Authority now says they don't expect any delays to start the work week.

"All of a sudden, there was this huge sound," passenger Anita Sarkar said. "And I thought it felt like a bomb or something like that."

It was around 8:30 a.m. when a PATH train failed to stop at the Hoboken station and crashed into the bumpers at the end of track 2, injuring 34 people. Most victims suffered only cut and bruises, because the train had slowed down.

Still, passengers were shaken up.

"Everybody I saw, a lot of people on the floor, and I just hold my daughter," passenger Neeta Pandey said.

Her daughter, just 8 years old, was thrown against a pole in the crash. She was okay, but service to Hoboken ground to a halt for hours on Mother's Day Sunday.

Police suspect mechanical failure caused the accident, but official word on what really happened will come from the NTSB.

Other PATH train riders were just happy to have service, even partial service, up and running.

"I'm grateful that we got back home," passenger Shakti Thara said. "It's kind of frustrating, because this is our only option to get into the city."

hobokennj.org and panynj.gov/path/

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