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This is BBC World News Today with me Ben Bland.
We are live in the press conference in New Jersey where the governor has
been speaking about the train crash. Let's return to the press
conference. I'd like to thank the team for their outstanding response
to this tragedy, thank the lieutenant governor for being here
and all for first responders. We know what happened, we don't know
why it happened. As Governor Christie said, the train came in at
too high a rate of speed, it didn't stop, it came through the barriers.
When you see the destruction up close, the silver lining is that
there is only one fatality that's far because the destruction really
is significant, and the power of the train coming in is obviously
devastating in its impact. The 100 injured and the fatality and the
critically injured, we remember them in our prayers and we hope that
there is only one fatality and it stops there. The NTSB will do a full
investigation as to what happened exactly and we will let the facts
speak for themselves and if there's something to learn from those facts
after that investigation, then we will be sure to learn and
incorporate that lesson. The Commissioner and chairman Pendergast
are working hand in glove in a seamless approach where New Jersey
transit is working with the NTA, the Port authority to expedite tonight's
commute and tomorrow's commute, because, as the governor said, the
structural damage to the station itself, and we don't yet know how
long that damage will take to repair or what the consequence of that
damages. I'd like to applaud all the first responders, who did a
magnificent job once again. And I'd also like to take this opportunity
to say these are difficult times over these past weeks and months.
Between terrorist attacks, natural disasters, we've had our hands full
in this country. We've had our hands full in the north-east. I want to
thank the police who did an extraordinary job in apprehending
the suspect in connection with the Chelsea bombing. They really did a
fantastic job and I want to thank the coordination and Corporation of
our neighbours and partners in making that happen. Today is another
situation for us to deal with but I also believe as many challenges as
mother nature sends us or our enemies send us, we are up to
handling them. We will handle them one at a time but when we worked
together, there is nothing that we can't accomplish, and nothing we
can't overcome. And we will do that with today's tragedy as well. With
that, I'll turn it back to Governor Christie. The Commissioner for
transportation and the German of New Jersey transit will address some of
the transit issues we will be confronting in the days to come.
Good afternoon. As Governor Christie mentioned earlier, the train service
is going to be resumed at this station this afternoon. We expect to
run a full rush-hour service. There is a couple of pilot trains that
will run in the next hour or so but all indications are go, safety
inspections have shown is there's no reason we can't run the system at
full rush-hour capacity. For the afternoon, New Jersey transit will
be expanding bus, rail and light rail services as much is possible to
make up for the closure of the rail line at Hoboken. We will increase
services on the bus lines. Customers will be notified where to get their
services. A bus shuttle will run between Hoboken and Secor crustacean
on a load basis. The Hudson Bergen light rail is currently suspended
into and out of Hoboken... That is the press conference taking place
live in Hoboken about the train crash. We heard earlier from
Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. He emphasised they were
not going to speculate on the causes at this early stage, that an
investigation is in progress. We also heard from the governor of New
York, Andrew Cuomo, who talked about the structural damage to the
station, obviously saying it is impossible to say how long it'll
take for that to be fully repaired. Andrew Cuomo also said the train
obviously came in at two higher rate of speed, he said it was unclear at
this stage why that was. One moment it was a normal commuter
journey, the next, chaos. A train has crashed into a station
in New Jersey in the United States, leaving at least one person dead
and up to 100 injured, These images from the station
at Hoboken show the scene after the train smashed
into the buffer stops causing part Dozens of people are being
treated in hospital. Investigators are trying to work out
the cause of the crash but they say the train appeared to be
travelling at speed. The BBC's Nick Bryant
is at the scene and has A packed train entering a crowded
station at the peak of rush hour. A routine morning commute
changing in an instant Passengers said the train just
didn't slow down as it entered the station,
ploughing through ticket barriers and into the reception area
of Hoboken station. And everything from
the ceiling came down. Jumped a little bit
on to where we were standing, so it crushed that little centre
where people would normally be standing, and threw
them into where we were. Then I saw another, and then I saw
a couple of people... I didn't see many bodies until I ran
over there and then I saw people getting up and getting helped up,
bleeding all over the place. Such was the impact of the crash,
part of the roof caved in, making it all the more difficult
for the emergency services to reach There are reports of people pinned
under collapsed concrete pillars. Hoboken is in New Jersey,
across the Hudson River Many commuters use this busy station
to travel into Manhattan, and many tend to pack the front
carriages of the trains to shave Nearby hospitals were told
to prepare for a mass Orthopaedic injuries
and internal injuries, and some deep lacerations
being treated by our trauma In addition, there are a handful
of other patients who are currently being evaluated for their injuries
in the emergency room. Approximately 40 patients
are being treated as well for walk-in types of injuries, and
they are being evaluated as well. The cause of the crash isn't yet
known but New Jersey Transit hasn't completed installing what's called
positive train control, a safety system designed to prevent
accidents by automatically slowing or stopping trains that
are going too fast. It had been ordered to install
the system by the government, It there have been a spate of train
accidents and often the cause has been locomotives going too fast.
Commuters are inevitably -- inevitably asking, why is it taking
so long to install the safety mechanism, especially when America's
National transport safety board was calling for its introduction over 25
years ago? The BBC's Nada Tawfik
is at the scene. We heard the update on the situation
in the press conference a short while ago but what more you hearing?
The press conference is still ongoing as Andrew Cuomo and Chris
Christie take questions from the press. What we heard is to Governor
is saying they can't rule out what the cause of this train crash was,
that they can't speculate at the same time. They have to wait for
further investigations into that. They confirmed one person has died
and that 108 people have been injured. They said there are still
people in critical condition in hospital 's Barclays pray and hope
that number doesn't go to more. It was also interesting to hear Andrew
Cuomo talk about how there have been several difficult weeks for New York
in Jersey, between the bombings in New Jersey and New York, he
mentioned the natural disasters in this, and he said that they would
get through this just like anything else, they would take anything that
mother nature brought towards them. The governor is still taking
questions here, but I think what you're going to be hearing from the
press are questions about the safety, what caused this. The
conductor of the train is still in hospital with injuries. We don't
know if he's spoken to authorities but it is why there wasn't a
mechanism installed on this train. This is one of the busiest
transportation hubs in New Jersey so why the proper mechanism will want
in place to prevent this type of accident. The governors are still
speaking and we're hoping to get more on that. Give us a sense of
what the station would have been like at that time, at rush hour. Is
it a station you are familiar with and have travelled through?
Absolutely, I am a resident of New Jersey and have gone through this
station several times. You have the Path train here in this train
station. Along with New Jersey's transit system. You have to transit
system is going through Hoboken. There's also the ferry people can
transferred to to get to New York. Just to give you a sense, this is
the fifth busiest train station in New Jersey. You have thousands of
people going through here in the mornings. People who are getting off
to go to New York but also other parts of New Jersey, since this is
such a busy transportation hub. When we spoke to eyewitnesses, they talk
about the chaos, the screening, the panic, the injuries they'd seen, and
the governors described how the path station, which was a bit further
removed from weather train crashed, would be able to resume but because
of the structural damage to the station with the roof partially
collapsing the trains for New Jersey transit would be running any time
soon. So it is what we expected but, again, it is such a chaotic... It
was such a chaotic scene here this morning because of the number of
people that go through this station. OK, thank you very much for the
update. Tensions are escalating
between Moscow and Washington over the crisis in the Syrian
city of Aleppo. US Secretary of State John Kerry has
threatened to end existing cooperation with Russia after heavy
bombing continued in The UN has warned of a humanitarian
catastrophe in Aleppo, unlike any witnessed so far
in the five-year civil war. Let's get more from our
correspondent Barbara It seems that patience is running
out, and tempers fraying. All of this isn't going to help the
situation at all, is it? No, it isn't. The Americans are really
scrambling to try to figure out how to respond to the situation because
they had this carefully crafted peace plan which took months and
months to work out with the Russians which was supposed to get a
ceasefire, and then move onto political negotiations to end the
conflict. They were taken by surprise at how quickly that
surprised and by how ferocious the resumption of violence has been with
these air attacks. Both Russian and Syrian planes on Aleppo that is
creating this humanitarian catastrophe of proportions we
haven't seen before. So John Kerry was saying a little while ago the US
was on the verge of cutting off any talks, any attempts to talk with the
Russians about a resumption of the plan. He said it is irrational to
sit here and say were trying to seriously revive this when the
Russians have shown no seriousness in doing so. He didn't close it off
completely. He said they would have to pursue other alternatives for a
period until the warring parties are ready to take a different approach.
The administration is looking at what it could do to respond to this
unprecedented upsurge in violence. I just wonder how serious this threat
is from John Kerry. Is it just sabre rattling to put pressure on Moscow
or do you think they really would walk away from cooperation with
Russia? Well, what he's talking about is closing the diplomatic
channel for the moment that the two pursued on Syria. Of course, they
would still have contacts with Russia on other issues. It is this
effort he's led. He's kept saying, I'm keeping this channel open,
trying to revive the ceasefire, I want to talk to the Russians but he
is saying there's no sense saying that because the Russians, at least
according to how they are behaving in Aleppo, and serious about
reviving peace talks. He's messaging the Russians but it is a message
they are not picking up. Alongside that, we are hearing the White House
has asked the National Security Agency to look at any other options
with which to respond to this crisis, including the possibility of
military options. That has been discussed at staff level, no
recommendations and no suggestions of large-scale military commitment,
in keeping with Mr Obama's long-term resistance to that. But perhaps some
kind of action that would give a stronger mission to -- message to
the Syrians and the Russians. OK, thank you very much.
Now a look at some of the days other news.
The Indian army says it has launched strikes against suspected militants
along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir.
Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in its entirety but each
The decades-old dispute has seen an increase
The net worth of the US Republican presidential candidate,
Donald Trump, has slipped by an estimated $800 million over
the past year, according to figures published by Forbes magazine.
It attributes the loss largely to the declining value
But it still reckons Mr Trump is worth $3.7 billion.
New research has found that a small proportion of children with HIV
do not develop Aids, even without treatment.
Tests on 170 HIV-positive South African children revealed
that the immune systems of some were apparently able
Many of Europe's economies are struggling at the moment
and in Italy the frustration is especially acute.
The recovery has stalled and growth was zero
That's led Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to stake all on a referendum
Under the plan, the country's parliamentary system
would be restructured, with the upper house
stripped of its powers, the number of senators would be cut
Mr Renzi has promised to resign if he loses,
and latest polls give the No campaign a narrow lead.
The BBC's Europe Editor Katya Adler asked Mr Renzi if holding
the referendum wasn't too dangerous a political gamble.
I know in 2016 you expressed your referendum in EU, it's a risk.
But jokes apart, I believe this is a great challenge for Italian
people because this constitutional reform reduces the red tape
of bureaucracy, gives stability to the Italian
institutions, and, finally, solves the problem of...
The relationship between central government and
So, for a lot of reasons, this is a great challenge
We wind back a few months and David Cameron wasn't worried.
He must have told you at the EU summit, I'm not worried
He lost and his political career was finished.
But I think this is a very different referendum.
I think this is a very great opportunity for our citizens
to reduce the costs of the politicians.
To reduce the level of bureaucracy in Italy.
Also populists will vote for our position.
Isn't there a risk, though, that the Italian people won't vote
We've seen in so many European countries, we look
over to the Atlantic at the United States, there are more
and more angry people, people who feel they've been left
behind, and who are angry at the establishment,
and even though your name is the Demolition Man,
you want to change it today, but you sitting here,
The risk is Italians may just vote against you as part
But, at the same time, there is a question.
The question of referendum is do you want to reduce the establishment?
I think the real decision for anti establishment will be to vote yes.
Will be to vote as government propose.
Obviously, there are a lot of risks, but it's impossible to manage
a political experience without a risk.
It's impossible to have a great challenge in the Italian
The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Elderly people who regularly take common painkillers, such
as ibuprofen, are at increased risk of heart failure.
New research analysed the effects of anti-inflammatory drugs given
But younger patients are unlikely to be affected, as our
Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh explains.
For 40 years, Ann Nutt has struggled with rheumatoid arthritis.
She needs medication to help her control chronic joint pain.
She is prescribed diclofenac but research says these
and similar painkillers, like ibuprofen and naproxen,
Do I stop taking them and lose part of my independence or do I carry
on taking them and, perhaps, put myself at a greater risk?
That's the decision most of us out there are going to have to make
The research has examined 27 non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs being taken on prescription by 10 million people in Europe.
Overall, the drugs increased the risk of being admitted
to hospital with heart failure by 19% compared to
But the study didn't show the underlying or absolute risk.
All medicines have potential side-effects, but the warnings
from this research really only apply to the elderly.
The average age of the people in this study was 77.
For them, doctors need to be careful when prescribing painkillers.
As always, it's a balance between risk and benefit.
A leading pharmacist sought to reassure the public.
Younger patients occasionally take these drugs, short courses,
and there's no evidence this is a problem.
Older patients are generally getting these drugs prescribed
by their doctor and their being monitored closely anyway.
If people do have concerns, they should speak to their
Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories
But for the elderly and those at risk of heart disease,
Let's return to our top story, the train crash in Hoboken in New
Jersey. These are the pictures immediately after the crash.
Witnesses will play a vital role in piecing together what went wrong. A
number of the survivors and shocked onlookers spoke to the media in the
immediate aftermath. Here is what they told us.
When it comes into the station normally, it slows down, and it
lightly rolls in. And it didn't do that today. And I felt the train
car, it was off the track. And then the impact occurred. I had no idea
what the front of the train could look like. I mean, I'd never seen
anything like this in my life. And I saw the ceiling coming down, and it
crumpled, and the passengers on the first car with the glass broken
trying to get out, I knew that this was... More serious than New Jersey
transit has ever had. The minute we turned around,
we were approaching the station, I was thinking, the train
is going to slow down. At first, I thought
something exploded or... Because, typically,
there is warning, and I just heard people screaming,
and then I saw a big train coming. And the trend is basically
came straight into me, came off the tracks,
and straight towards where So, at that moment, when I saw that,
I panicked, I turned around and ran. All I could see was the ceiling
collapsing, the pipes coming down, and then, when it all calm down,
I walked back towards fair. You see people coming off the train
that were injured. Some people ringing their loved
ones, telling them that I don't know how I survived, I'm lucky to be
alive, there's people dead on the. I'm assuming it must
have been coming fast. And I walked into Dunkin' Donuts
to get a coffee. As soon as I got in line, you heard
like a bomb. Everybody froze and I said, oh,
my God, I heard water, So I ran outside and I just saw
people jumping out of the train, You don't really believe it's
happening in front of your face. I walked past that area where it
happened 100 times a day. And I could never imagine that
happening. I just couldn't believe
what I was seeing. There certainly were some major
injuries from things falling. People bleeding from
the head or wherever. And, basically, running
away from the area. They were coming through the
windows, you know? People helping, people bleeding. I think the people
who got hurt other people in the station. These are the images of the
aftermath of that train crash, that's our top story that we've been
following, as it developed. That trend that crashed in New Jersey
during the morning rush hour at Hoboken station. We have had the
latest from the governor of the state who said the numbers are one
dead and 108 injured, some of them critically, including the train
engineer. That is all from the programme. Next is the weather.
The first widespread gales of the autumns swept into day. Another
rather weaker system beginning to take shape further west, coming into