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A New Jersey transit train crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday morning in the midst of rush hour – Luckily, today is St. Michael’s feast day and by his intercession, the crash wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

Train no. 1614 on the Pascack Valley Line from Spring Valley crashed into the station at 8:45 this morning.

The accident destroyed parts of the station and threatened to collapse sections of brick and metal.

There were hundreds of passengers waiting on the platform and hundreds on the train itself. Without St. Michael’s intercession, the devastation could have killed many more people.

Authorities believe the crash was the result of operator error, but admitted it is still early in their investigation.

The accident killed at least three people and wounded up to 100 more. Bystanders recorded video and pictures of people fleeing as debris fell from the platform.

Several people were injured in the crash.Several people were injured in the crash.

Support beams fell over, crew was seen rummaging through rubble attempting to find survivors and helicopter footage revealed the glass arches above the platform were crushed together like an accordion.

Investigators believe the train went through a bumper stop at the end of the track before coming to a stop between the station’s indoor waiting area and the platform.

One passenger, Steve Mesiano, told ABC 4: “You felt like this huge, huge bang. The lights went off, and then you started to see like – I was in the window seat, so I could see like outside, what was happening, and the roof just collapsed on the first car.”

Many passengers took to social media with pictures and their stories of survival.

St. Michael, the Archangel! Glorious Prince, chief and champion of the heavenly hosts; guardian of the souls of men; conqueror of the rebel angels! How beautiful art thou, in thy heaven-made armor.
We love thee, dear Prince of Heaven!
We, thy happy clients, yearn to enjoy thy special protection.
Obtain for us from God a share of thy sturdy courage; pray that we may have a strong and tender love for our Redeemer and, in every danger or temptation, be invincible against the enemy of our souls.
O standard-bearer of our salvation! Be with us in our last moments and when our souls quit this earthly exile, carry them safely to the judgement seat of Christ, and may Our Lord and Master bid thee bear us speedily to the kingdom of eternal bliss.
Teach us ever to repeat the sublime cry: “Who is like unto God?”

By Kenya Sinclair



  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Tell THAT to the families of the dead and injuried. No.Words. SMH

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I’m trying to figure this out. Yahweh decides that a subway car should crash and injure many people, or at a bare minimum, knows this is going to happen and declines to do anything about it. Archangel Michael takes time from his busy schedule to intercede, and ask Yahweh to only kill three people. Why do they choose to let these people crash and be injured or killed, while choosing not to save the children who will die of hunger and starvation before I finish this post?
    If St. Michael could prevent more deaths, why didn’t he ask Yahweh not to injure so many people – better yet, not to let the car crash in the first place? Why does he get credit for only killing three people? Why does he get any credit at all, if it all could have been prevented it by divine power? Why does Yahweh only get credit, and never the blame when bad things happen? He is the all-powerful, all-knowing god who permits or causes these things to happen in the first place, right? His angels and mom, and other saints intercede and try to get him to tone down the violence, but he’s very selective in deciding to do so, right? Oddly, it seems as though these things happen with the same statistical probability that they would if there was no god.
    How does St. Michael, or is it Yahweh, I’m not sure who is doing the deciding, select who to injure, who to save, who to kill? Do they roll dice? Rock paper scissors? One potato, two potato…

    1. Common Sense Reply

      What makes you think God had anything to do with causing the crash?……have you ever considered Satan was the cause of it and Saint Michael intervened to thwart Satan’s evil intentions?

      1. Tom Rafferty Reply

        Let’s look at this situation with what you call yourself, common sense. Your god is all-knowing, all-powerful and all good. Then why a Satan and the need for angels? To accept the dogma you have swallowed, you, in good conscience, need to change your name.

      2. Patrick Gannon Reply

        At a very minimum Yahweh permitted the crash to happen, right? The OT is pretty clear about Yahweh running the show, causing things to happen, controlling events, hardening hearts, etc., right here on earth. The bible tells us Yahweh has powers here on earth. If Yahweh is all-powerful, then he certainly has the ability to hold back Satan, but he repeatedly chooses not to do so, OR he isn’t all-powerful, OR he isn’t all-good, as he permits evil to happen when he could stop it if he wanted to – particularly given that he knew before he even created the universe, what would happen – right? Of course it gets a little weird at this point, because prior to the creation of the universe there was only a void, there was nothing to know, and no time in which to know it, but let’s leave that for another day.
        If you are proposing that Satan is more powerful than Yahweh on earth, and only under extenuating circumstances is he able to thwart Satan, then we know Yahweh is not all-powerful. There are early Christian texts in which Yahweh is a secondary god, and Jesus job was to save us from him, in a celestial battle in the firmament. (The Other Bible). Fortunately there is no longer any real foundation for this evil god. There was no six day creation, no 2-person DNA bottleneck, no global flood, no mass Exodus from Egypt, and no conquest of Canaan by Israelites – and without these things, there is no foundation for Yahweh…. so it looks like it all comes down to coincidence and statistical probability.

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