PATH Train Hits Bumper Block at NYC Station; 13 Injured

NY Daily News - October 22, 2009

by Simone Weichselbaum AND Wil Cruz

A PATH train hit a bumping block in Manhattan, leaving 13 people with minor injuries, officials said.

The train hit the curb at the W. 33rd St. station at 8:15 a.m., said Port Authority spokeswoman Jen Friedberg. "The [motorman] missed the railing," said witness Jaime Peralta, 41.

"You can hear the thing shaking because he hit the wall."

Peralta, a porter for the company that owns the Manhattan Mall above the train hub, said the crash sent rush hour commuters scrambling for safety. "People were screaming ... freaking out," he said.

"A couple of guys were unconscious."

Fire Deputy Chief Larry Mittleman said seven people were taken to three Manhattan hospitals.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Friedberg said two employees were among the 13 people injured.

The train left Hoboken at 7:59 a.m.

Trains were back on schedule a short time later.

The cause was under investigation, Friedberg said.