New York, Dec 2 (): A Metro-North passenger New York train derailed on Sunday morning on a curved section of track in the Bronx, killing at least four people and injuring 67, including 11 critically, officials said.
According to Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for Metro North, a subsidiary of New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the train derailed on a large curved section of track at 7:20 a.m. in New York about 100 yards north of Metro North’s Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough. He said at least four cars from the eight carriages of the train slide off the tracks.
The New York Fire Department said, one car was just feet away from the Harlem River. Dozens of fire fighters were on the scene, who climbed onto the toppled cars with ladders, opened the passenger doors and lowered ladders into the car and “started pulling people out from the wreckage. None of the passengers were in the water, the fire fighters said.
The New York City police said police divers were in the water hours after the crash searching for survivors. At least two of the dead appeared to have been ejected from the train, they said.
Marjorie Anders, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman said the big curve where the derailment happened is in a slow speed area. The black box should be able to tell how fast the train was traveling, Anders said.
Any curve in the tracks would have speed limitations, officials said. They said investigators would inspect the track, the equipment, the signal system and the operator. The train was a diesel with eight cars. The engine was on the north end pushing the cars southward.
In a message posted on its website, Metro North said the “Hudson Line service is temporarily suspended between Croton Harmon and Grand Central”. The White House said, President Barack Obama has been informed about the train derailment in New York and is being updated regularly on it.