As executive editor of CBS News and executive producer of the network’s flagship broadcast, CBS Evening News, Steve Capus has plenty on his plate. But Thursday morning he added field correspondent to his duties, reporting by phone from Hoboken, New Jersey, where a New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into a wall of the train station.
After reporting for CBS’ streaming service, CBSN, Capus reported by phone during a CBS News special report with Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King. “It’s an incredibly disturbing scene here,” Capus said, describing extensive damage to the station and dozens of people in a medical triage area–some of whom were “severely injured,” with some lying in a parking lot being attended to by medical personnel.
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Capus, who lives in Hoboken, just across from New York City, rushed to the accident scene moments after it happened. “I was in my home, heard a lot of sirens … and came over here.” Capus said it was a very disturbing sight to see survivors walking away. “You’re watching people leave the area of the accident with tears in their eyes… calling relatives… looking to be in a state of shock.”
More: The cable news channels are in rolling coverage of the crash. NBC News reports three people have died. Other outlets have confirmed one death. Up to 100 passengers have varying degrees of injuries.
More: Matt Lauer anchored an NBC News special report at 9:45 a.m ET. Rehema Ellis reported from the scene and Tom Costello joined from Washington D.C.
More: George Stephanopoulos was scheduled to moderate a panel on political advertising in New York City this morning (which A.J. is covering). But he remains at ABC covering the breaking news.