Nearly five years after the fatal New Jersey Transit train derailment at the Hoboken Terminal, the families of those injured or killed reached a settlement with the agency. New Jersey Transit paid just over $8.1 million to the four individuals who were hurt and the family of the 34-year-old woman killed by the crash. More than 30 lawsuits were filed against New Jersey Transit, the MTA and the train’s engineer.
The accident occurred after the train sped up to twice the posted speed limit as it pulled into the terminal, crashed through a concrete bumper and into the station. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found NJ Transit failed to diagnose and treat the train engineer’s severe sleep apnea and lacked Positive Train Control technology that automatically stops or slows the train. The agency has since installed PTC on its rail lines.