The canopy of the historic Princeton Dinky train station on University Place collapsed just before 4:30 p.m. today. No injuries have been reported so far, and all the workers at the scene have been accounted for, officials said.
Fire and rescue workers from across Central New Jersey rushed to the scene. At one point about a dozen fire trucks were near the station and a portion of University Place was closed off.
A 200-foot section of the canopy that stretched from the south station building to the north station building collapsed onto the train tracks as about 4:25 p.m. Rescue workers searched the trenches and looked under the canopy to make sure no one was trapped. One worker was initially unaccounted for but was found unharmed.
Construction workers have been digging trenches in the area for the past few weeks to make way for Princeton University’s arts and transit project. The station was shut down for good last month and a new temporary station was opened on Alexander Street about 1,200 feet south of the old station on Aug. 26.
It is still unclear what caused the collapse of the canopy. The canopy was originally scheduled to be removed around Sept. 2 at part of the project. The Mercer County task force that investigates structural collapses was on the scene this afternoon and evening.
As of 7 p.m. University Place was still closed between the station and Alexander Street. A public safety officer for the University told onlookers and the press not to congregate on the public sidewalk across the street next to McCarter Theatre and told people to keep moving.