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Four Dead In Bronx Train Derailment

The derailment of seven Metro North passenger cars in the Bronx on Sunday morning has killed at least 4, injured several dozen and will have an effect on Amtrak service on a traditionally busy travel day.

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Emergency crews respond after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx
Emergency crews respond after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx (Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

8:00 p.m. - 3 of the four victims have been identified as Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, N.Y, James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, N.Y and James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, N.Y. A fourth victim from Queen has not yet been identified pending notification of her family according to 7 ABC.

7:56 p.m. – CNN reports the locomotive was pushing the passenger cars from the rear as it approached the curve north of the Spuyten Duyvel station. The speed limit is 30 MPH on the curve; the train had been doing 70 on its trip south.

6:30 p.m. - Metro says the victims are a 35-year-old woman from Queens. A 54-year-old woman from Newburgh, N.Y., a 58-year-old man from Cold Spring and 59-year-old man from Montrose, N.Y., They are the first fatalities in Metro-North’s 31-year history.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at NTSB press conference
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) at NTSB press conference (Twitter)

4:49 p.m. - The NTSB expects their investigation to take a week to 10 days. They plan to upright the cars to make sure there are no additonal fatalities according to PIX 11. Investigators will be looking at tracks, signals and mechanical equipment.

4:45 p.m. - At a press  conference with the NTSB’s investigative team, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) warns commuters face a “long commute” on Monday. He says the MTA will repair the tracks once the NTSB is done with their investigation. Cuomo says cranes are already on the way to remove the cars.

 

 

3:04 p.m. - Amtrak tweets that service on the Empire Line has been restored between New York and Albany at reduced speeds. Delays are expected.

3:01 p.m. - New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority tells CNN 150 people were on the train when it derailed.

 

 

2:45 p.m. - New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D) has tweeted throughs and prayers for those killed and injured in the derailment. Mayor Mike Bloomberg (R) tweeted similar sentiments earlier.

 

 

 

Emergency crews respond after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx
Emergency crews respond after Metro-North train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx (Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

2:27 p.m. - PIX 11 reports five off-duty NYPD officers were on board the train. Three were treated for minor injuries.

1:43 p.m. - The National Transportation Safety Board tweets that their team has arrived in the Bronx and will hold a press briefing later this afternoon.

1:30 p.m. - The injured includes a 43-year-old man with spinal cord injuries and a 21-year-old woman with a broken leg,a 14-year-old boy and his father, an NYPD officer with broken bones and the train’s operator.

1:05 p.m. - Amtrak has “re-suspended” Empire Service due to the investigation of the Metro North detailment.

 

 

12:36 p.m. - News 4 New York: Outer tracks “completely destroyed” by the derailment; inner tracks are “better.”

12:21 p.m. – “We will be looking at the track, the signals, mechanical operations, human performance, things like survival factors, and any recording devices that might help our investigators understand what happened,” NTSB Chairwoman Debbie Hersman tells 7 ABC.

12:03 p.m. - Amtrak tweets that Empire Line service is being restored between New York and Albany.

11:20 a.m. - NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly expects to convert the scene into a “traditional crime scene” shortly.

10:58 a.m. - John F. Kennedy High School at 99 Terrace View Ave. in the Bronx has been established as a family center according to CBS New York. Those seeking information about family members who may have been aboard the train should call 311, 718-817-7444 or 212-639-9675 (212-NEW-YORK)

10:45 a.m. - NTSB has sent a “Go Team” to help with investigation of Metro-North detailment.

Firefighters at a passenger car that flipped onto its side during derailment in the Bronx
Firefighters at a passenger car that flipped onto its side during derailment in the Bronx (Twitter)

10:30 a.m. - CNN reports the engineer told police he applied the brakes as he approached the Spuyten Duyvel station but they would not work.

10:24 a.m. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reports 4 dead and 63 injured in the derailment of the 7-car train. Police say that 3 of the dead were found inside the train and one outside. Family has not yet been notified.

10:18 a.m. - Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders confirmed the deaths but couldn’t give an exact number. Those seeking information about victims can call 311 from within the five boroughs.

9:53 a.m. - New York State Officials say no terrorism or criminal activity was involved with the derailment.

9:37 a.m. - Metro North confirms to 7 ABC two have died and 30 are injured in the train derailment. NBC 4 New York reports 4 deaths and 48 injuries. A number of bodies covered by sheets can be seen from helicopter shots of the area.


Derailed train in the Bronx
Derailed train in the Bronx showing cars on their side (Twitter via News 12 The Bronx)

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Several of the cars are flipped on their side according to ABC 7 at Palisades Avenue and Independence Avenue about 100 yards north of the  Spuyten Duyvel station as it was coming around a sharp curve.  CBS New York reports there are numerous injuries and possible fatalities.

Despite initial confirmation of some passenger cars in the water police say none of them are in the Harlem River but came very close. The train’s engine is leaking diesel fuel.

Passenger Frank Tatulli, who takes the same train every Sunday,  told 7 ABC the train was traveling faster than it usually does. He was able to get off the train himself but has neck and head injuries.

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.

Passengers were taken off the derailed train, with dozens of them bloodied and scratched, holding ice packs to their heads. Firefighters had to break windows to get to some passengers.

130 firefighters are on the scene of the early morning accident.

The train was the 5:54a.m. out of Poughkeepsie scheduled to arrive at Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m.

Amtrak has canceled service between Albany and New York on it’s Empire Line.  New Jersey Fast Traffic’s Bernie Wagenblast says the accident scene is just beyond where the Amtrak line splits from the Metro-North line and could also effect passengers heeded to Buffalo, Montreal and Rutland, Vermont.

Amtrak says the accident will not have an affect on the Northeast Corridor.

Metro-North service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and New York is also suspended.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report


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