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Investigation launched into cause of Hoboken crash

Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, at a presser. Credit: Reuters

Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo have discussed the train crash in Hoboken that left one woman dead and over a hundred injured.

They reiterated that so far there was just one fatality, and 108 people injured, with the injured in varying conditions from those who could walk in to hospitals, to those who had to be taken in by ambulance.

They said that the one fatality was due to debris from the station, and not from the impact of the crash, underlining the importance of assessing and repairing structural damage to the station.

Drawn on why the accident happened, Governor Christie rejected press speculation and said: "We don't know why it happened. The one thing we know is that the train came in at much too high a speed."

The two governors said that an investigation was underway to attempt to find out what happened. Governor Cuomo said: "If there's something to learn then we will be sure to learn it and incorporate that lesson."

While some services like the PATH train service could be resumed by rush hour, they said, they could not say when all services would be fully resumed, only saying that the station would be opened once it was safe.

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Hillary Clinton: Images from Hoboken 'horrifying'

Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate for the Democrats, has tweeted about the accident saying the photos coming from the train crash are "horrifying".

She also offered her prayers with people who were injured or lost loved ones in the accident.

Clegg: Liam Fox's view of trade outside EU is 'fantasy'

Liam Fox's insistence that Britain can maintain free trade with the European Union post-Brexit is a "work of fantasy", Nick Clegg has said.

The former deputy prime minister warned that instead businesses would face a "deluge of bureaucracy and paperwork".

International Trade Secretary Dr Fox had said that trade with the EU can be "at least as free" as it is now, and that the UK would work with the World Trade Organisation on "taking an axe to red tape across borders".

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Footage shows chaos moments after Hoboken train crash

  • Footage: James Leight

Several short videos taken by someone in Hoboken train station shows the impact of the train crash on the terminal structure and on passengers in the vicinity.

The ceiling of the terminal can clearly be seen collapsed onto the train and the platform ground in the footage.

The videos also show emergency services responding, and stunned victims being treated outside the station in the immediate aftermath of the accident.

Kerry 'extremely concerned' about direction of Syrian war

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is "extremely concerned" about where the conflict in Syria is going.

Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum, Mr Kerry added that the bombing of Aleppo is "inexcusable and indiscriminate" and "completely against the laws of war".

He reiterated the threat to stop talking with Russia if progress is not made to end the war, saying that there will have to be a moment when the US pursues "other alternatives" on Syria if the conflicting parties do not change course.

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