Metro North Train Derails Near Harlem: FDNY

December 1, 2013

40bc0e15-7423-4a7f-b185-a8648a4bb91f_AP196226347469_4A Metro North train bound for New York City derailed along the Hudson River early Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring 63, including 11 critically, fire officials said.

The train was en route to New York’s Grand Central Station from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., when it derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.

It’s unclear how many passengers were on board the train when it derailed. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the train’s operator was among those injured.


Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the MTA, said that the derailment occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. Five of the train’s seven cars derailed, he said, but none went into the water.

According to Metro North, the train left Poughkeepsie at approximately 5:54 a.m. and scheduled to arrive at Grand Central at 7:43 a.m. Service has been suspended indefinitely on the Hudson Line.

Aerial photos taken above the scene showed several train cars laying on their sides, and one near the bank of the Hudson River. According to New York’s CBS affiliate, the train derailed about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station.

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2372b899-3a7c-4338-a6ce-6176cf0daf4c_AP896285467246_5In July, a freight train derailed near the same station. No one was injured in that incident.

In May, a Metro North train derailed in Fairfield, Conn., injuring 60 people, five of them critically.

The National Transportation Safety Board was en route to the scene to begin an investigation, Cuomo said.

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