JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused an NJ TRANSIT Light Rail train to collide with a fire truck in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday evening.
The collision happened just after 7 p.m. near Washington Boulevard and Sixth Street near the Newport Centre Mall.
“I just heard a really loud bang. It sounded like metal being smacked upon metal. I saw the firemen come out the side. One was dripping with blood,” Corbin Mosby told CBS2.
Five people were injured in the collision — an operator, and four firefighters. One firefighter was said to have a broken arm and broken ribs, another firefighter suffered a leg fracture, according to a city official.
“At approximately 7:15 pm Friday, a light rail vehicle on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system and a Jersey City Fire truck came into contact at the intersection of Sixth Street in Jersey City. There were 10 people on the light rail vehicle along with an operator who is reporting an injury. It is not known of the extent of injuries. The light rail vehicle derailed and some overhead wires were down at the scene,” NJ TRANSIT said in a statement.
The injured were taken to Jersey City Medical Center.
Witnesses described a frantic scene.
“Sirens were going and everything. They were on an emergency, and I guess they thought they could make it, and they just didn’t,” a woman told 1010 WINS’ Andrew Falzon.
The Hudson Bergen Light Rail service has since been restored after being suspended in both directions between Marin Boulevard and Newport stations as a result of the Friday crash.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.