At least four people have died and 63 are injured after a commuter train derailed in the Bronx, New York, on the morning of December 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Associated Press.
A Metro-North train headed for New York City derailed at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx as it was coming around a sharp turn at approximately 7:00 am EST on Dec. 1, CNN is reporting.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at a press conference at approximately 10:00 am EST on Dec. 1 near the site of the derailment. He stated that all passengers had been accounted for. About 130 New York firefighters were on the scene and Gov. Cuomo said the National Transportation Safety Board was on the way to access the situation.
“In terms of causes, we don’t know exactly what happened,” the Governor told reporters.
4 Deaths, Dozens More Injured
In addition to the four deaths, 11 people are in critical condition, including a train operator.
MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said that the speed of the train will be something they plan to investigate.
Passenger Joel Zaritsky recounted the derailment to The Associated Press:
“I was asleep and I woke up when the car started rolling several times. Then I saw the gravel coming at me, and I heard people screaming. There was smoke everywhere and debris. People were thrown to the other side of the train.”
The train cars, many of which were flipped over, landed just inches from the Hudson and Harlem rivers.
The train left Poughkeepsie, New York at 5:54am with an intended arrival at NYC’s Grand Central at 7:43am.
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