A driver who meant to hit the brake but instead hit the gas pedal slammed through a section of the Ridgewood Train Station, closing one of the gateways to the Hoboken/NYC-bound platform.
According to Village Manager Ken Gabbert, the incident occurred a few weeks ago. A large hole in the brick wall to the tunnel entrance at the westernmost platform is visible. Bricks lay scattered on the steps below. There were no injuries reported in the accident. The driver's insurance will cover the cost of repairs, Gabbert said.
Because the train station is a historically listed site, it will be "a long process" to repair the damage, Gabbert said.
The repairs must meet village, NJ Transit and historical requirements. Gabbert did not immediately know the timetable for repairs to be made.
Commuters attempting to reach the Hoboken-bound platform from the Port Jervis side will have to take the entrance near Malee Thai to the Wilsey Sq. entrance/exit tunnel near Mac Murphys. The reverse is true for commuters attempting to head from the east side to the west. Commuters are advised to take the tunnel entrance closest to Mac Murphys and exit by Malee Thai.
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