Home / Top Story / What we know about the Hoboken train-wreck engineer

What we know about the Hoboken train-wreck engineer

The 48-year-old Gallagher opened the door briefly to speak with a police officer stationed outside his split-level Morris Plains, N.J., home.

The 48-year-old Gallagher opened the door briefly to speak with a police officer stationed outside his split-level Morris Plains, N.J., home.

(Norman Y. Lono/for New York Daily News)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, September 30, 2016, 4:21 PM

The NJ Transit engineer in the middle of the high-speed Hoboken train wreck kept a low profile one day later.

Thomas Gallagher, who was hospitalized after the Thursday morning rush hour crash, spent Friday inside his suburban New Jersey home — dressed in a long-sleeved white T-shirt and dark shorts.

The 48-year-old Gallagher opened the door briefly to speak with a police officer stationed outside his split-level Morris Plains, N.J., home.

Police have kept the media at bay since Gallagher returned to his house following his release from a hospital within hours of the crash. One woman died and more than 100 people were injured in the horrific wreck.

Hoboken train-wreck investigators salvaging ‘black box’ recorders

A family member later arrived with a delivery of coffee and donuts. Gallagher is the father of two teenage daughters, according to a neighbor.

Gallagher is a 29-year transit veteran, and was operating the train from a cab in its front passenger car as it pulled into the venerable Hoboken Terminal at 8:45 a.m.

Authorities, without giving an exact estimate of the commuter train’s speed, said the Pascack Valley line train was exceeding the 10 mph speed limit for trains entering the station.

Thomas Gallagher was operating the train from a cab in its front passenger car as it pulled into the venerable Hoboken Terminal at 8:45 a.m.

Thomas Gallagher was operating the train from a cab in its front passenger car as it pulled into the venerable Hoboken Terminal at 8:45 a.m.

(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Neighbors had offered their support for Gallagher, a longtime resident of the northern New Jersey town. Neighbor Tom Jones, 72, stopped by to personally offer any help necessary.

Mandated train control tech could’ve stopped NJ Transit wreck

“My heart goes out to Tom,” said Jones. “It’s certainly going to bother him … It’s going to be terrible for him.”

Tags:
nj transit hoboken crash
new jersey
nj transit

Send a Letter to the Editor

Join the Conversation:
facebook
Tweet


Top News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*