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Port Authority collision, Hoboken NJ, May 2011

A Port Authority Collision.
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National Transportation Safety Board

May 2011: Insufficient attention to train speed caused collision.30 people were injured.

On the morning of May 8, 2011 Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corpora
tion (PATH) train 820 was heading toward platform track 2 to offload passengers at the Hoboken station in Hoboken, New Jersey, when it struck the bumping post at the end of the track.  The collision led the engineer, the conductor, and 30 passengers to be transported to local hospitals with injuries. Cost of total damages was estimated to be approximately $353K.  The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the engineer tocontrol the speed of the train entering the station. The investigation did not uncover what might have drawn the engineer’s attention away from the speed of the train. However, the NTSB noted that human factors issues were key contributors to accidents. 


  • National Transportation Safety Board (2012). Collision of Port Authority Trans-Hudson Train with Bumping Post at Hoboken Station, Hoboken, New Jersey, May 8, 2011. Railroad Accident Report NTSB/RAR-12/05. Washington, DC, p. 2.