Deadly Hoboken train crash: How to see if loved ones are safe
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HOBOKEN — Hours after a train crash killed and least one person and seriously injured dozens of others in Hoboken Thursday morning, officials say there are multiple ways to check on the safety of friends and family members who may have been on the train or in the station.
Gov. Chris Christie told NJ 101.5 Thursday afternoon that a family re-unification center has been set up at 20 Caven Point Avenue in Jersey City for family members of victims or possible victims to gather. In addition, people looking to check on loved ones can call a special hotline number that has been established by NJ Transit for family members at 1-855-336-1774.
Earlier Thursday, as word of the deadly crash began to spread, Facebook activated its Safety Check system, which allows people in the impacted area to "check-in" and let Facebook connections know that they're safe. The system also allows friends to send requests to people, asking for them to mark themselves as "safe."
Christie said all of the injured passengers and occupants of the station who required medical attention have been treated or sent to local hospitals. There are a total of 74 injuries: 74 injuries and officials say 51 people were sent to Jersey City Medical Center, 22 were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and one person is in Christ Hospital in Jersey City. Their names and the extent of their injuries is unknown.
According to Christie, the Hoboken station has been evacuated as authorities begin to investigate. The station will remain closed and rail service in and out of the station have been suspended. The governor said NJ Transit and PATH service on other lines should not be affected. According to NJ Transit, New York Waterway is cross-honoring rail tickets/passes.
Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.