New Jersey Transit
Home > NJ TRANSIT News > News Releases

WARRINGTON LAUNCHES DERAILMENT INVESTIGATION

Orders All Arrow III Cars Inspected Today

NEWARK, NJ -- NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington today issued the following statement regarding the derailment of Northeast Corridor train 3920.

“We are grateful that no one was seriously injured in the incident this morning and regret the inconvenience that many of our customers experienced.

“It’s clear that the derailment of Northeast Corridor train 3920 occurred after the train lost a wheel under the sixth car, however it is premature to speculate about the precise cause. We have undertaken a full investigation into the incident and expect to conclude with a preliminary findings report in the next day or two. The focus of the investigation at this time includes possible mechanical failure, but we have not ruled out any possibilities, including human error.

“Safety is our number one priority and to that end, we are today inspecting each of the 230 Arrow MU cars in our fleet – the type of car that lost the wheel this morning. All of those cars will be inspected before the afternoon peak period.

“At this time, our forces are working hard to fully reopen the railroad. With Amtrak’s cooperation, our goal is to restore normal service as quickly as possible.”

NJ TRANSIT trains are currently operating hourly between New York and Trenton. We continue to cross honor all PATH, NJT bus, private carrier bus and New York waterway ferry tickets. MidTOWN direct trains continue to operate into Hoboken and will through this evening peak travel period.