Minor Injuries For Riders of PATH Train That Bumped Barricade

Newsday - October 22, 2009

by John Valenti

A PATH train entering the 33rd Street station struck the end-of-the-line bumping block barricade Wednesday morning, injuring 13 passengers and sending seven to hospitals, fire and officials said.

All the injuries were minor, a Port Authority spokesman said. The passengers who required medical attention complained of neck and back pain, officials said. Five were taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, while two were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan.

The Hoboken, N.J., train to 33rd, which left at 7:59 a.m., crashed about 8:14 a.m., according to an FDNY spokesman.

A Port Authority spokeswoman said service was not suspended. The so-called "bumping block" is a barrier marking the end of a rail line.

PATH officials could not immediately say how fast the train was traveling. It is unclear if the train was damaged.

Officials said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

About 600 passengers were aboard the train.

Sixty firefighters and 30 EMTs responded to the scene. West 33rd Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was closed while emergency workers responded.