NYC Commuter Train Derails, Injuring 100
At least 100 people were injured when a commuter train in New York derailed during the morning rush, according to fire officials.
Passengers aboard the Long Island Rail Road, pulling into the Atlantic Terminal stop in Downtown Brooklyn at about 8:20 a.m., were jostled when the train hit a bumping block in the station causing it to derail. WABC-TV reported that witnesses said the train was going too fast when it entered the station.
But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Associated Press the train was moving slowly, saying it “wasn’t really a derailment.”
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Passengers on the train say they were stunned by the unexpected accident as they were headed to work.
“The train was rolling into the station as usual. It was packed, so everyone was standing up,” Daniel Alvarez, 49, told the New York Daily News. “Then all of a sudden, a huge crash. Talk about hitting a brick wall! It ran into one of the bumpers and jolted up. Everyone in the train just went flying.”
Eleven of the injured passengers were taken to local hospitals. The cause of the accident is being investigated.