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october. "world tonight, the rush hour horror. the deadly train crash, and we have new images this evening, from inside the crash. the train from new york to hoboken, slamming into the terminal. >> we got multiple walking wounded. >> victims climbing through twisted metal, and new surveillance from before the crash. our reporting tonight on the engineer. the deadly police shooting. this time, a 6-year-old is killed. marshals firing at an suv. the boy with autism was in the passenger seat. at this hour, the new hurricane brewing. it could effect the u.s. and the major storm system, blinding rain in the east. donald trump tonight, sources inside his campaign now saying he was prepped for the first debate. but did not execute the plan. and the stunning moment here, third party candidate gary johnson, asked a simple question. you will hear how he answered. and the so-called "gone
girl" case. the couple once accused of lying, tonight here, the new twist. good evening. and we begin tonight with that horrific crash, right at the height of rush hour. that train crashing with no warning. passengers say it didn't even slow down. it happened at the hoboken station in new jersey, right across the hudson river here in new york city. the chaos after the crash, dazed passengers making their way out. walking away from the wreckage. train workers leading them through wires and fallen beams. first responders rushing to the scene, more than 100 people were injured. at least one person dead. abc's gio benitez is on the scene in hoboken. >> reporter: tonight, that rush hour horror. >> are you okay? >> reporter: these are the terrifying first images of the mangled mess inside the train station. the packed commuter train speeding through the barriers and crashing into the station. debris and wires everywhere. passengers stunned. 7:23 this morning.
train number 1614 carrying 250 passengers leaving spring valley, new york. three cars, one engine in the back. 8:05 a.m., surveillance video of the train shows it heading south toward the hoboken station, where thousands of new york city commuters pass through every morning. as it approached the busy station at about 8:45 a.m., the train never slowed down. >> we're approaching the station, so, everybody's thinking the train is going to slow down and just collided. >> reporter: the emergency calls began pouring in. >> we have a train that has gone through the station. >> we got multiple walking wounded. we got serious structural damage here in hoboken terminal. >> reporter: transit employee michael larson watched it all from about 30 feet from the station. >> it went through the air, traveled about another 40 feet and the train flying into the depot. it was kind of -- couldn't believe what i was seeing. >> reporter: others simply hearing the crash. >> all of a sudden, i just hear
this wicked, gnarly metal sound. like, nails on a chalkboard. >> reporter: as the dust settles, those first images. the first car badly damaged. train officials ushering commuters away from the scene, evacuating one by one through a window. >> i saw a couple gentlemen bleeding and some people couldn't walk. the conductor had blood all over his face and his clothing. >> reporter: first responders descending on the scene, assessing damage. further down, peering into the train windows, looking for more survivors. some still stuck inside. >> we ran over and there were a lot of people kicking out windows, trying to exit the train. >> reporter: omar maamoun was inside the train. >> it was shaking side to side and the lights went out. people were falling on top of each other. >> reporter: right outside, the chaos. police racing into the terminal as firefighters triage the injured, sitting on the street. ambulances racing to the scene. paramedics with stretchers and wheelchairs, loading dozens in,
treating the more than 100 injured, some of them critically. the train's engineer, thomas gallagher, among those rushed to the hospital. tonight, he's been treated and released. many of those injured were on the platform, including one woman, 34-year-old fabiola bittar de kroon, from hoboken, who lost her life after being struck by flying debris. just waiting for the train? >> probably got hit by the debris. that's probably what happened, because there was debris, i'm talking about iron, metal, all over the place. you just heard, kaboom, and everything just went down. just shook. i swear, like, sounded like a bomb. >> just a terrible scene this morning. and gio is live with us from hoboken tonight. and gio, the injured, so many still in the hospital. how are they doing? >> reporter: that's right, david. well, many of those people were seriously injured. they've been in and out of surgery all day long. the good news right now is that they are all expected to survive, david. >> all right, that is good news. gio benitez leading us off. gio, thank you. that building right behind you there, so damaged that investigators have been unable to get in, to look at parts of the train. we are also learning more about the engineer. and this central question tonight --
why was there no emergency system that kicked in to stop the train? abc's david kerley on that part of the story tonight. >> reporter: the destruction in the station, the crushed rail cars, a lack of braking according to witnesses, all indicating the transit train entered the station too fast. >> the train just plowed through whatever barrier was at the end of the track. >> reporter: the question tonight, why? trains approaching hoboken, a dead end station, must slow to traverse a maze of rail lines before the final slow speed straightaway into the station. but this train may have been traveling 30 miles an hour, according to accounts, slamming through a bumper stop, launching it into the air and crushing into a waiting area room wall. the 48-year-old engineer is said to be cooperating. investigators will want to know if there was a mechanical problem with the train, or was the engineer distracted, did he have a medical issue? and while unlikely, foul play has not been ruled out. new jersey transit rail, like all railroads, was ordered back in 2008, to install positive train control. >> hear that alarm?
i have to put the brake on. >> reporter: computers and sensors can be installed all the way into the station, and take over a speeding or dangerous train. amtrak has installed ptc on most of the northeast corridor, after that 2015 amtrak derailment near philadelphia. eight people died. speed was also a factor in 2011, a mother's day commuter train crash at another hoboken station, which left dozens injured. despite the ability to prevent accidents, railroads have been slow to adopt ptc and its automatic braking. as of july, new jersey transit reported that not one of its trains, none of its tracks, has the system. if this train had positive train control all the way into the station, could this accident have been avoided? >> the ntsb has been recommending positive train control, or ptc, for 40 years, so, we will look at that. >> people are going to be so frustrated to hear that system does not exist on that train. and so many others. david kerley also live on the scene tonight. and david, those data recorders,
so crucial. they're still hoping to get to them tonight? >> reporter: they do hope to recover the event data reporter tonight, david, as well as the video from two cameras on that train. but the canopy collapsed, it has asbestos in it. that could slow them getting into the cars and moving this investigation forward. david? >> david kerley on the scene for us tonight. david, thank you. in the meantime, we turn next to a deadly police shooting tonight. this time, a 6-year-old boy with autism is now dead. two deputy marshals are facing charges for firing at an suv after a two-mile chase. in the passenger seat, that 6-year-old boy who did not survive. the state police chief now calling the video the most disturbing thing he's seen. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: the public is now getting its first look at this graphic video from a police body camera that captures two deputy city marshals firing at this car, killing 6-year-old jeremy mardis and critically wounding his father, christopher few. >> i never saw a kid in the car, man.
>> reporter: the footage from louisiana last november is now evidence in the murder cases against the two deputies, derrick stafford and norris greenhouse jr. the first grader, who was autistic, was with his father when the suv they were in was shot at multiple times by officers. it's still not clear why they were pursuing the car in the first place. the deputies begin shooting before the audio begins, but we see the officers shoot at few while his hands are raised. >> i don't know who all fired. i fired. >> reporter: defense attorneys argue few drove recklessly while leading officers on a two-mile chase and then rammed into greenhouse's car. but neither testimony from a state detective, nor the newly released video, indicates evidence of that. stafford and greenhouse now await separate trials on second degree murder and attempted second degree murder charges. david? >> linsey davis tonight. linsey, thank you. we are also learning more tonight about that school shooting in south carolina. authorities say a teenager killing his father and then
heading to the elementary school. and it turns out, there were warning signs about the boy before. abc's steve osunsami is there again tonight. >> reporter: police tell us that before the shooting at the school, the first tragic event was the shooting death of the teen's father at the family home. then, shortly before 1:45 p.m., they say the 14-year-old drove himself to townville elementary in this black pickup truck, where he crashed a fence and yelled that he hated his life, as he shot wildly in the air with a handgun. a teacher and two students were wounded on the playground. help arrives next. firefighter jamie brock, a 30-year veteran, and fire chief bill mcadams. mcadams says he had to tie a tourniquet around the leg of 6-year-old jacob hall, who's still fighting for his life tonight. >> it can come to your community. it can come to your small town. you never know, and that's what happened to us yesterday. >> reporter: outside, firefighter jamie brock is unarmed, and risks his own life when he tackles the teen. tonight, he's avoiding the spotlight, saying in a statement that "the true heroes of yesterday's senseless tragedy
are the teachers." because he's a minor, authorities are sharing little about the teenager in police custody. many people here know his family well. we're told he had to be pulled out of public school years ago. in a statement of her own tonight, the teen's mother says she is shocked and saddened by the senseless actions of her son. david? >> steve, thank you. next, to the new hurricane brewing tonight. it could very well effect the u.s. and there is also a major storm hitting the east at this hour. flash flood watches from the midwest all the way to the northeast. heavy rain right there in detroit, swamping roads. the flood threat through tomorrow night, we're told. and in fayetteville, north carolina tonight, a state of emergency. up to ten inches of rain. so, let's get to meteorologist rob marciano live here in new york city tonight. rob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. those two storms that you mentioned have only grown since last night. radar shows the giant cutoff low now centered over kentucky. new york on the fringes, but we're seeing heavy showers rotate from michigan all the way down to the carolinas, still
flood watches up through at least tomorrow. and now, the winds are cranking along the jersey and delmarva coastlines. and here's hurricane matthew. in the caribbean, category 1, forecast to strengthen as it turns north this weekend. jamaica, cuba, haiti and the bahamas all in its path. as for the u.s. next week, well, it's just too soon to say with confidence at this point. david? >> rob marciano tracking it all for us. rob, thanks. we turn next here to major developments in the race for the white house. tonight, some members of donald trump's team now saying he was prepped for that first debate, that he just didn't perform. abc's tom llamas with the unusual criticism from within. >> reporter: a senior campaign aide tells abc news donald trump pulled his punches and lost his nerve in the first showdown with hillary clinton. but tonight, trump himself, blaming others. >> then i had to put up the anchor and fight the anchor all the time when everything i said -- what a rigged deal. >> reporter: but the senior campaign source tells us trump was ready for all the questions asked, blaming his performance on, quote, more a lack of execution than preparation.
still, days later, trump still defending his most damaging moments. from taxes -- >> she said, maybe you didn't pay taxes, and i said, well, that would make me smart, because tax is a big payment. >> reporter: to that former miss universe he had work out in front of cameras, mocking her for gaining weight -- >> i saved her job. because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight. and it is a beauty contest, you know, i mean, say what you want, i mean, they know what they're getting into. it's a beauty contest. >> reporter: today on "the view," his campaign manager defending him. >> did you reprimand him for that and say to him, listen, why are you saying women are fat, and why are you saying calling women fat pigs? did you say that? >> yes, i think it's beside the point -- >> what did he say? >> hold on. he gave that particular woman a second chance. >> reporter: but trump's many comments about women now drawing new scrutiny. "the daily show" uncovering this 2004 interview, trump gushing over a 23-year-old female high school teacher arrested for
having sex with a 14-year-old boy. >> by the way, did you see what she looked like? >> not bad. >> not bad. yeah, i'd say so. so, do you think this 14-year-old kid is scarred forever? he might have put the move on her. it might have given him confidence, actually. >> and tom llamas with us from new hampshire tonight. and tom, your new reporting here that members of donald trump's own campaign say he was prepped for that first debate, but didn't perform. this is very rare to hear from a campaign. what's going on here? >> reporter: it is, david. clearly there was frustration with some top aides. they said he was prepared, he just did not perform. they say there were several missed opportunities. he had the answers, he just didn't use them. now, for this second time around, it's going to be a town hall format, and they are asking donald trump to practice in that format to make sure he can do better next time. david? >> tom llamas reporting in again tonight. tom, thank you. meantime, there is increasing scrutiny tonight on a key third party candidate, gary johnson, who so far has managed to get enough voters in the polls that he could effect the race between donald trump and hillary clinton. but when asked a simple question last night, abc's cecilia vega with the non-answer.
>> reporter: the first day of early voting in iowa and hillary clinton was right there. >> are you ready to go to the polls? >> reporter: lately, her campaign targeting those young voters supporting third party candidates like gary johnson. but now, johnson making clinton's job easier. >> who's your favorite foreign leader? >> who's my favorite foreign leader? >> just name anywhere in the -- all the continents. any country. name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. anybody. >> mine was shimon peres. >> you have to do this. canada, mexico, europe, over there. >> i guess i'm having an "aleppo moment" in the former president of mexico -- >> but i'm giving you the whole world. >> i know, i know, i know. >> anybody in the world you like. anybody. pick any leader. >> the former president of mexico. >> which one? >> i'm having a brain freeze. >> name anybody. >> fox? zedillo? >> reporter: when johnson says "aleppo moment," he's referring to another cringeworthy gaffe,
when he was asked about the city at the heart of the syrian humanitarian crisis. >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> reporter: and tonight, on hillary clinton's campaign plane, we asked -- who's your favorite world leader? >> oh, let me think. no. look, i like a lot of the world leaders. one of my favorites is angela merkel. >> reporter: hillary clinton laughing there. gary johnson is not laughing, but he is tweeting, saying today, "it's been almost 24 hours and i still can't come up with a foreign leader i look up to." >> trying to use humor to get past it all. cecilia vega, our thanks to you. and the next presidential debate, ten days, if you're counting, sunday, october 9th, 9:00 p.m. eastern. co-moderated by our own martha raddatz. live, and you of course can see it right here on abc. in the meantime, there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the so-called "gone girl" case making national headlines. the couple once accused of a hoax.
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space for shops and room for offices. why won't this city add housing to its expansion plans? we're live with the answer. find out which local commuter lines have technology that could have prevented today's deadly train crash in new jersey. >> abc7 news follows up on the fate of these horses last seen fleeing the loma fire in panic. >> that is coming out of the loma fire, burning in the santa cruz mountains. >> we have this new information from cal fire, the number of homes destroyed has just jumped from 1 to 8. thanks for joining us. >> i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristin zee. this fire burned 4,000 acres near homa preyeta. the firefighters did make quite a bit of headway and lift somed orders. >> that is right. they have. and chris nguyen has been covering the fire and is live with the new voelmentes.
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