At least four people were killed after a Metro-North Railroad train derailed on Sunday in New York City,officials said.
A total of 67 people were injured,including 11 critically,a New York Fire Department spokesman said. The derailment occurred when several cars of a train headed south from Poughkeepsie,New York,left the tracks on the Hudson Line,according to an official.
Three of the four people who were killed were thrown from the train during the derailment,fire officials said.
Officials said that investigators would examine the track,the equipment,the signal system and the operator.
Rescue workers from the Police and Fire Departments converged on the scene and lowered stretchers into the train cars,which were lying nearly on their sides; one car was just above the water.
A passenger,Joel Zaritsky,told The Associated Press he was on his way to New York City for a dental convention. I was asleep and I woke up when the car started rolling several times. Then I saw the gravel coming at me,and I heard people screaming. There was smoke everywhere and debris. People were thrown to the other side of the train, he said,holding his bloody right hand.
Several crashed cars lay on their sides for about 10 minutes,he said,with no visible commotion. They were trapped inside the cars, he said of the passengers,until emergency responders arrived.
Firefighters arrived and climbed onto the toppled cars with ladders,opened the passenger doors and lowered ladders into the car and started pulling people out, said Kevin Farrell,28,a hospital administrator who lives in a co-op building overlooking the crash site. Responders rushed the passengers to ambulances through a section of a chain-link fence that they had removed.
J DAVID GOODMAN & JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN