A preliminary finding by investigators looking into the accident May 5 when a Jersey City fire engine struck a Hudson Bergen Light Rail train, injuring 15 people, suggests the fire truck may have missed or ignored a signal indicating the train was coming. The accident, which took place near the Sixth Street crossing just south of the Newport station at about 7:15 p.m., hurt 10 passengers, the conductor and four firefighters, but none seriously. Jersey City, State Police, and NJ Transit officials said the fire truck, on an emergency call, hit the side of the train, caused the train to derail, and brought down some of the system’s overhead power lines. Click here for more.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and city councilmen Ravi Bhalla and Ruben Ramos released statements on Monday, May 8 condemning a local business owner who was captured on video tape shouting epithets on Washington Street last week after an apparent parking dispute with a duo from out of town. A family friend of the duo, Alan Slaughter, posted a video on Facebook over the weekend. It appeared to show Joseph Ruggiero, the owner of the 9th Cloud Vape Van – a roving ecigarette business frequently spotted around Hoboken – apparently telling two people to “go back to your country” and calling them “immis.” Sources said they had had a dispute over a parking spot. Although Ruggiero did not respond to three messages by press time last week, he acknowledged to ABC Eyewitness News that it was him in the video, but said it doesn’t capture the whole story. His company said the same on social media. Click here for more.
North Bergen locals with diverse eating palettes managed to satisfy their desires at the first annual Multicultural Food, Wine and Beer festival in Bruins Stadium May 6. The North Bergen Police Department organized the event, to help benefit the NJ Special Olympics. It was part of a series of events the department set up around the stadium that day (including “The Battle of North Bergen” softball tournament) that raised $8,850 for the Olympics. Local vendors representing worldwide nations—including Japan, Italy, Cuba, and Spain—presented their offerings to interested passerby. Click here for more.