At Least Four Dead in New York Train Derailment

Update 11:45 a.m. EST  The injury toll has now been placed at 60 people, reports USA Today (http://usat.ly/1b5VPsH).

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 helped get passengers and crew out of the train. Four or five of the southbound train’s seven cars derailed in an area on the edge of the Hudson River near the station just north of Manhattan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

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 National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a Go-Team to investigate the tragedy.

Update 10:15 a.m. EST: CNN reports that 67 people were injured.

Firefighters and emergency rescuers swarmed the scene, where at least two train cars had flipped on their sides. One car was just feet away from the Harlem River.

At least two of the dead appeared to have been ejected from the train, a source familiar with the investigation and rescue told CNN.
Police divers were in the water hours after the crash searching for survivors, CNN affiliate WABC reported.

The train came off the tracks just as it was coming around a sharp curve shortly after 7 a.m., fire officials told CNN affiliate WCBS.

Original Story: A Metro-North train derailed on the southern tip of the Bronx, killing at least four passengers and injuring 40 more on Sunday morning, reports NY Post.

The accident happened at 7:20 a.m. about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station, as five of seven cars derailed, according to an MTA spokesman.

The train originated out of Poughkeepsie, departing at 5:54 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive into Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m., officials said. The cars were being pushed south by a locomotive.

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