4 dead, 63 injured after NYC-bound Metro-North passenger train derails in Bronx

	The Yellow blankets indicate the deceased and the white sheets are for the living injured. Passengers are tended to after a Metro North Hudson River line train derailed at Spuytin Duyvil train station. Over 45 people were injured and 4 possible fatalities. Five cars went off the rail and one almost went into the river. New York Daily News – by Joe Stepansky , Pete Donohue , Edgar Sandoval , Tina Moore AND Bill Hutchinson

At least four people were killed and 63 injured when a Manhattan-bound Metro-North train derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx, toppling cars and sending passengers flying from their seats.

At least two passengers were ejected from the Hudson line train when it skidded off the tracks at 7:20 a.m. in a sharp bend just north of the Spuyten Duyvil Station.  

Rescue workers at the scene helping those injured in the Metro-North train derailment near Spuyten Duyvil.

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Rescue workers at the scene helping those injured in the Metro-North train derailment near Spuyten Duyvil.

Officials said seven cars, including the locomotive, derailed. One car flipped down a river bank, coming to rest where the Harlem River meets the Hudson River.

An FDNY spokesman said 11 people were in critical condition at area hospitals.

A car from the derailed train sits dangerously close to the Hudson River.

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A car from the derailed train sits dangerously close to the Hudson River.

Among the injured was a female NYPD officer in her 20s who was on her way to work. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited her at St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was being treated for broken ribs and leg and shoulder injuries.

Four other off-duty NYPD officers were also aboard the train. Two of the officers were treated at the scene and two were taken to Montefiore Medical Center.

Injured train passengers were rushed to local hospitals on Sunday. 

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Injured train passengers were rushed to local hospitals on Sunday.

The engineer, a 15-year Metro-North veteran, told officials he applied the brakes, but they didn’t respond, a source told the Daily News. The speed limit for the curve is 30 mph.

A aerial view of a Metro-North train that derailed near the near the Spuyten Duyvil Station in the Bronx, killeing at least four people.

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A aerial view of a Metro-North train that derailed near the near the Spuyten Duyvil Station in the Bronx, killeing at least four people.

Officials said trains normally slow from 70 mph to 30 mph before they enter the curve.

Investigators, including FBI agents, were probing whether the train was going too fast.

Passengers have reported taking a curve fast before the train derailed on Sunday morning.

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Passengers have reported taking a curve fast before the train derailed on Sunday morning.

“I was flung six feet,” said survivor Dianna Jackson, 40, of Poughkeepsie as blood streamed down her face.

Jackson said she was in the third car from the front of the trail and that it landed on its side.

Rescue workers rushed to the Metro-North train derailment on Sunday just outside of the Spuyten Duyvil Station.

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Rescue workers rushed to the Metro-North train derailment on Sunday just outside of the Spuyten Duyvil Station.

“I landed on the shattered window,” Jackson said. “I was lying on my back, gravel was flying everywhere. I had gravel in my teeth, I was eating rocks. But I was grateful to be eating rocks because I’m still alive.”

Jackson and other passengers said the train seemed to be going too fast.

A aerial view of the Metro-North train derailment shows its location in the Bronx and its proximity to the city.

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A aerial view of the Metro-North train derailment shows its location in the Bronx and its proximity to the city.

“The driver was going around the curve really fast,” Jackson said.” Next thing you know (we’re) in middle of wreckage.”

Dozens were reported injured in the accident.

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Dozens were reported injured in the accident.

NYPD scuba divers were searching the river for passengers and cadaver dogs and helicopter crews were searching for other survivors who may have been ejected.

“We think everyone is accounted for,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We’ve gone over the site several times.

‘There was smoke everywhere and debris. People were thrown to the other side of the train.’ 

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‘There was smoke everywhere and debris. People were thrown to the other side of the train.’

“What we do know is four people lost their lives in the holiday season after Thanksgiving,” said Cuomo, who called for called for prayer.

More than 100 were aboard the train that originate in Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. and was headed to Grand Central Terminal.

A Metro-North passenger train derailed Sunday morning as holiday travelers made their way home from Thanksgiving celebrations.

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A Metro-North passenger train derailed Sunday morning as holiday travelers made their way home from Thanksgiving celebrations.

Many passengers, including some headed home at the end of the long holiday weekend, were asleep when they were jarred awake by screeching metal, screams and a loud bang as cars left the rails.

Survivors said the violent crash sent passengers somersaulting from their seats, some landing on top of each other.

The train was heading to Manhattan when it derailed Sunday morning, injuring dozens and killing four.

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The train was heading to Manhattan when it derailed Sunday morning, injuring dozens and killing four.

“All the sudden the woman sitting in front of me was on my lap,” said Joseph Melendez, 44, a hotel manager from Poughkepsie. “The train was totally on its side. People were tossed all around.

A locator map shows the Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North Railroad Station. 

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A locator map shows the Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North Railroad Station.

“I saw a woman pinned between the chair and the gravel,” said Melendez. “The windows blew out when the train fell and she went through the window. She was alive I think, but in bad condition.”

At least 12 of the injured passengers were taken St. Barnabas Hospital, where officials said two were in critical condition — including a 43-year-old man with a spinal cord injury and a 21-year-old woman with severe lacerations. A 14-year-old boy was also being treated at St. Barnabas.

An overhead view of the Metro-North Train derailment that occurred Sunday.

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An overhead view of the Metro-North Train derailment that occurred Sunday.

Another 17 survivors were at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where four were in critical condition.

Jacobi Medical Center were treating 13 passengers, none were in critical condition.

Gov. Cuomo arrives at the scene of the train derailment.

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Gov. Cuomo arrives at the scene of the train derailment.

“Folks are stunned. They’re traumatized. Certainly some will suffer from some form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” said Dr. Ernest Patti of St. Barnabas. “This will be a trying thing for them to get back on a train.”

Survivor Sharelle Coore, 19, a student at the University of Delaware, told relatives that a woman sitting in front of her was ejected through the window of the train.

Firefighters help a woman who in a sling who was injured in the Metro-North train derailment Spuyten Duyvil.

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Firefighters help a woman who in a sling who was injured in the Metro-North train derailment Spuyten Duyvil.

Coore landed on the ceiling of the train car with her legs wrapped around the luggage rack, said her cousin Lisa Delgado, of Washington Heights.

Eddie Russel, who was on the train when it derailed, said he had some back soreness, but no serious injuries.

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Eddie Russel, who was on the train when it derailed, said he had some back soreness, but no serious injuries.

Thankful to be alive, Coore told relatives from her hospital bed at New York-Presbyterian, “God is good.”

The National Transportation Safety Board immediately dispatched a “go-team” to investigate the accident.

A rescue worker stands atop one of the five cars that came off the track, this one having fallen on its side.

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A rescue worker stands atop one of the five cars that came off the track, this one having fallen on its side.

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said NTSB investigators would examine “the track itself to see if it was stable.”

At the White House, President Obama said his “thoughts and prayers” went out to the injured and the loved ones of those killed.

Dozens were injured Sunday after a Metro-North train derailed near the Hudson River in the Bronx.

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Dozens were injured Sunday after a Metro-North train derailed near the Hudson River in the Bronx.

“The White House will continue to stay in contact with the federal, state and local partners as they respond to this event,” Obama said in a statement.

The incident marked at least the second train derailment of a Metro-North train. There were no injuries in the previous accidents.

Rescue workers treat passengers injured in the Metro-North Hudson River line derailment that occurred on Sunday morning. 

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Rescue workers treat passengers injured in the Metro-North Hudson River line derailment that occurred on Sunday morning.

In July, a 25-car CSX garbage train derailed and damaged tracks on the Metro-North Hudson line in the Spuyten Duyvil area.

Dianna Jackson, right, comforts fellow Metro North survivor Katrina Frazier. 

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Dianna Jackson, right, comforts fellow Metro North survivor Katrina Frazier.

William Herbert, 53, a former Metro-North maintenance worker, said his wife, Maria, 45, was an assistant conductor on the train that derailed Sunday. His wife was being treated at New York-Presbyterian for rib and shoulder injuries.

“Thank god she’s alive,” Herbert said. “If the train went into the water, that would have been it.”

Rescue workers pull victims out of a Metro-North train derailment south of the Spuyten Duyvil station Sunday.

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Rescue workers pull victims out of a Metro-North train derailment south of the Spuyten Duyvil station Sunday.

Enraged by the accident, Herbert blasted the MTA, saying the agency has been cutting corners when it comes to safety.

“The MTA is not the greatest organization,” Herbert said. “It’s all about the money. It’s save money first and safety second.”

A family center has been set up at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx. Family can call (718) 817-7444 or (212) 639-9675 for info on the status of relatives.
With Denis Slattery, Aaron Short, Joel Landau, Caitlin Nolan and News Wire Service

Rescue workers pull victims out of a Metro-North train derailment south of the Spuyten Duyvil station Sunday.

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Rescue workers pull victims out of a Metro-North train derailment south of the Spuyten Duyvil station Sunday.

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3 thoughts on “4 dead, 63 injured after NYC-bound Metro-North passenger train derails in Bronx

  1. This really IS getting to be an epidemic.

    And it looks like you’re getting the lion’s share of the cr@p in NY, Angel.

    Sorry. 🙁

  2. Holy shit! Sorry to hear about this Angel. Maybe it’s safer to drive that “commercial truck” you were talking about on the phone, instead of public transportation.

    Anyways, #1 is right. These train derailments are becoming a common thing lately. As they say, 1’s an accident, 2’s a coincidence, 3’s a pattern and 4’s a conspiracy. We’re way passed 4.

    That 15th picture of Cuomo looks like a mob boss coming down the road to double check and make sure the bodies are dead. Another guy on my list of hangings for treason.

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