Media sources are reporting a train derailment in New York which happened early Sunday, at 07:20 near Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, New York, and has caused "multiple injuries". Around 130 firefighters are at the scene of the accident. In spite of the timing of the crash Sunday, and that it is a holiday weekend in the US, early reports are that at least four people are dead and dozens injured.
Sky News is reporting the fire department said that 63 people have been taken to hospital, 11 of these are in a critical condition and six are seriously injured.
First responders are checking the carriages for more survivors and fatalities.The train was seven carriages long. Images show three carriages and the engine derailed. According to Reuters however "at least five cars from a Metro-North train slid off the tracks, injuring several riders, officials said".
The authority later confirmed that Hudson Line services are now suspended.
The carriages derailed close to a bend, about 100 yards (meters) north of Metro North's Spuyten Duyvil station, and obviously a full investigation will be quickly launched. Weather conditions at the time of the derailment were good.
The section of track involved is a slow-speed area and MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the train black box would reveal how fast the train was traveling as it approached the bend.
For now the search and rescue operation continues and the situation remains fluid.
Police now however believe that all persons are now accounted for. Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board are on their way to the scene of the accident in order to carry out an investigation.
Later TheWest reported: "Some passengers were "impaled" by debris as train cars flew into the air, officials said, while others had to be cut free from tangled metal".
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