Commuter train derailment kills 4 in NYC

December 1, 2013 3:03 PM

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Commuter train derailment kills 4 in NYC

More than 60 people were injured when a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx.

NEW YORK — Four people were killed and more than 60 were injured Sunday when a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx.

The Fire Department of New York also said about 50 units and 135 firefighters were at the derailment location just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station working to get passengers and crew out of the train.

Five of the southbound train's seven cars derailed in an area along the Hudson River and Sputen Duyvil just north of Manhattan, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The seven-car train originated at 5:54 a.m. in Poughkeepsie, one of New York City's northern suburbs, according to the MTA. The derailment forced a suspension of all service on the MTA's Hudson line between Grand Central Station in Manhattan and the Croton Harmon station in Westchester County, a northern suburb.

The New York City Police Department declared a "level-three mobilization" — a somewhat-common alert for a serious incident — sending officers from across the Bronx to the derailment scene.

The Associated Press, quoting a woman at the scene, initially said that some cars of the Metro-North passenger train toppled into water. Edwin Valero told AP he was in an apartment building above the accident scene when the train derailed. He said none of the cars went into the water where the Harlem River meets the Hudson, but at least one ended up a few feet from the edge.

Spuyten Duyvil is a neighborhood in the Bronx. Metro-North's Hudson line serves New York City and Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties, ending in Poughkeepsie.

The Metro-North noted the incident on its website with a note that "Hudson Line Customers will experience indefinite delays south of Croton Harmon. More information will be provided as it is obtained."

Service on the line was initially suspended from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station. Later Sunday morning the commuter rail service said rail service was restored from Poughkeepsie to Tarrytown. Passengers would then take buses to the White Plains station on the Harlem line, where they would catch trains to and from Grand Central Station.

Source: usatoday.com

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