Metro-North New York Train Derails in Bronx, Four Dead and Over 40 Wounded
This article has been updated.
Early Sunday morning, on one of the most travel-heavy weekends of the year, a Metro-North passenger train heading into Manhattan derailed in the Bronx. Although reports are still coming in, initial figures are saying that four people have died and at least 60 others have been injured in the crash, which occurred at Spuyten Duyvil station along the Hudson River just north of New York City.
The seven-car train set off from Poughkeepsie at 6:54 EST Sunday, according to the MTA. At roughly 7:20 a.m., five of the train's seven cars derailed roughly 100 yards north of Spuyten Duyvil station, on a curved section of the track. Although reports initially indicated that some cars had gone into the water, the MTA maintained that no part of the train had either entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers.According to one passenger, the train "left them [tracks] because it went too fast," but details of the accident have yet to be confirmed.
The train was only about half full when it crashed, carrying in it roughly 150 passengers, officials have said. Four people have been confirmed dead, 11 are in critical condition and six are in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries. The remaining 46 sustained only minor injuries.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed the figures after touring the scene of the accident, and said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the crash.
"It's obviously a very tragic situation," he said. "The first order of business is to care for the people who were on the train... we'll wait to see what the NTSB says before speculating as to any causes."
According to New York's Fire Department, about 50 units and 135 firefighters are at the scene of the derailment in an effort to get passengers and crew safely out of the train. As of two hours after the crash, at least six passengers are still stuck on board, the New York Post reports.
The accident has suspended all MTA services between Grand Central Station in Manhattan and the Croton Harmon station in Westchester County.
Twitter users have posted the following statuses showing the extent of the damage: