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(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — Internal police and EMS calls reveal the horror at the scene of Thursday morning’s train crash at Hoboken Terminal in northern New Jersey that killed one woman and seriously injured dozens more.

“We have a train that has gone through the station,” according to one dispatch between New Jersey State Police and Warren County Fire and EMS. “Hoboken Terminal, we will be checking for injuries.”

Officials scrambled for backup after realizing the magnitude of the situation. “All units, Hoboken track number 5,” a dispatcher said.

The New Jersey Transit commuter train carrying 250 people crashed into Hoboken’s historic train station a little after 8:30 a.m., according to authorities.

“We need electricians here as well, at this time we’re not sure if anything is still alive,” a dispatcher said.

“We’ve got multiple walking wounded, we’ve got serious structural damage here in Hoboken Terminal,” according to another dispatch. “I need you to contact rail operations. We need no further trains to Hoboken Terminal. Hold everything at Secaucus.”

Dispatchers went on to say they have “PD, FD, EMS, and ALS responding” to the scene.

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