BREAKING: Four people are confirmed dead after a Metro North Railroad train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. ABC News affiliate reports authorities said 11 of the injured are listed in critical condition and six are serious. They have been taken to multiple hospitals.
The seven-car diesel train was southbound on the railroad’s Hudson Line, from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Terminal, when it derailed about 7:30 a.m. 100 yards north of the Spuyten Duyvil station, on a long curved section of track, a Metro-North spokeswoman said.
The first four or five cars derailed, spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said, with the diesel locomotive, which pushes the southbound cars from the rear of the train, remaining on the tracks.
The New York City mayor’s office said four people were killed. The railroad didn’t immediately release the number of passengers injured in the derailment, or state a cause. Source: Wall Street Journal
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the train was ‘going faster than usual,’ a passenger said. It’s sad to see divers searching the water nearby for bodies because people were ejected. The southbound train was heading to the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
[UPDATE #1]: 3 of the 4 fatalities were thrown from the derailed train, FDNY Chief of Department Ed Kilduff says – @CharlieKayeCBS
[UPDATE #2 12/02/13]: The train was reportedly going 82 MPH on a 30 MPH curve when it derailed. There is no indication that the engineer William Rockefeller was on his cell phone at the time of the derailment. The NTSB said the brakes were applied five seconds before the deadly crash, which was caused by operator error and speeding.
The Metro North train derailment victims: