NJ Train Crash Victim Had Just Dropped Off Daughter

Gov. Christie says it's too early to speculate about cause
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2016 3:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – The only person killed in Thursday's horrific New Jersey Transit train crash has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old lawyer who dropped her 18-month-old daughter off at day care before rushing to the train station where she died. "It's incredibly sad that this child won't know her mother,"a friend tells the New York Daily News. De Kroon, a Brazilian citizen who studied in Florida, had recently moved from Brazil to Hoboken because of her husband's career. She was killed by debris and another 108 people were injured when the train plowed through barriers and crashed into Hoboken Terminal during the morning rush hour.

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At a press conference Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the train crashed through all the barriers at a high rate of speed, NJ.com reports. "We will not speculate about the cause of the accident," Christie said. "The engineer is critical and cooperating with law enforcement officials." A passenger who has been doing the same commute to Manhattan for 30 years says he was in the first car and was thrown out of his seat but not injured. "There was a horrendous sound of crashing, just a loud, scary, hard sound. It seemed like we were going for a little bit.," he says. "When I got out and saw the damage, it was amazing how far the train went." The NTSB is investigating. (Read more train crash stories.)

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