Friday, May 5, 2017

4 firefighters and 1 train conductor injured after a Jersey City firetruck hit a NJ Transit light rail train in Jersey City, NJ

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- 

Four firefighters were injured after a Jersey City firetruck hit a NJ Transit light rail train on Friday.

The accident happened just after 7 p.m. when the light rail vehicle on the Hudson-Bergen line collided with the truck at the intersection of Washington Blvd. and Sixth Street.

The firetruck was responding to an emergency at the time of the crash and had its lights and sirens on. Ten people, on the train, including the operator reported an injury. The light rail vehicle derailed, and there were overhead wires down at the scene.

The injuries to the firefighters are considered non-life threatening.


Four Jersey City firefighters were injured tonight after the fire truck they were on collided with a NJ Transit light rail train in Downtown Jersey City.

The light rail train derailed during the collision, leaving service on the rail line partially suspended in both directions during the evening rush.

The incident occurred at about 7:15 p.m. at Sixth Street near Washington Blvd., just south of the Newport mall. The firefighters were on their way to an emergency call that came in at 7:01, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

The three firefighters and the fire captain on the truck and the train's conductor were sent to Jersey City Medical Center, according to Morrill. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

The fire captain had to be extracted from the truck, Morrill said.

A NJ Transit spokeswoman said there were about 10 passengers on the train at the time.

Light rail service was suspended both ways between the Marin Boulevard and Newport stations following the collision.

A man was fatally struck by a light rail train as he was walking on the tracks in Jersey City two weeks ago.