September 30, 2016: New Developments: What Caused the NJ Transit Crash? LGBT Catholics to March in Manhattan.

October 01, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, we are continuing our coverage of yesterday morning’s crash of a New Jersey Transit train that caused catastrophic damage to the Hoboken Terminal. The incident injured over 100 people and left one dead, disrupting the morning commutes of NJ Transit passengers across the region.

MetroFocus returns to the scene of the terrible accident where MetroFocus contributor William Jones investigates the potential causes of yesterday’s horrific incident and tells us about a piece of technology that might have prevented it.

MetroFocus contributor Andrea Vasquez explores transportation alternatives and speaks with straphangers as well as members of the community to see how their commute has been affected today.

MetroFocus contributor Challis Popkey reports from Hoboken University Medical Center, which has treated many of the victims of the crash. She speaks to CarePoint Health’s Chief Medical Officer Meika Roberson for an update on the conditions of yesterday’s crash victims.

Plus, Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of National Safety Council and former Chair of the NTSB, joins us to share her perspective on the events in Hoboken.

The University of Notre Dame is consistently ranked as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation and a celebrated leader in academics and collegiate sports. But many LGBT Catholic students and alumni feel the university falls short in supporting its lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered students, staff, and faculty. A group of gay and lesbian alumni from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s college will come together to hold a “Pilgrimage of Mercy” on Sunday, October 2nd in Manhattan. The event will celebrate and recognize LGBT Catholics across the nation as well as encourage the Catholic church to demonstrate greater support for their community. Jack Bergen, Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College and TV legend Phil Donahue, Notre Dame class of 1957, joins us to discuss the pilgrimage and what they hope to accomplish from it.