Monday 10 October 2016

Commuter Train Derails In Long Island


Dozens of people were injured Saturday when a commuter train hit a work train east of New York City and derailed, officials said.

The eastbound Long Island Rail Road train derailed east of New Hyde Park just after 9 p.m., a spokesman for the railroad said.

A spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 11 passengers were taken to hospitals, all with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Official estimates on the number of injured people ranged from 29 to 40.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said there were a “wide range of injuries from broken bones to lacerations to cuts.”

About 600 people were on the 8:22 p.m. train out of Penn Station train when it crashed, the Democratic governor said in a statement.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast said the front car sideswiped the work train, causing the second and third cars of the passenger train to derail. (AP)

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