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A deadly train derailment in New York City Sunday morning killed four and injured more than 60. Josh Robin reports.


NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- We are receiving more details regarding Sunday's train derailment in New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department has identified the four passengers who were killed:

  • Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, N.Y.

  • James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, N.Y.

  • James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, N.Y.

  • Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens, N.Y

The passenger train left Poughkeepsie just before 6 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m., but derailed around 7:20 a.m.

Along with the four who were killed, more than 60 people were injured in the crash, 11 of them critically.

According to the NTSB, all seven cars went off the tracks. The NTSB says it will now be doing a thorough investigation to find out what happened, looking at factors such as track condition, the speed of the train and whether or not the brakes were applied. Investigators will try to determine whether there was an equipment failure or operator error.

"The MTA will be cooperating fully with the NTSB in this investigation. The MTA wants to know as much as anyone what happened with this accident, if there is a lesson to be learned because safety is job one," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"Throughout the next few days, our investigators will work on scene to thoroughly document the accident scene, gathering the factual information. Our mission is to understand not just what happened but why it happened, with the intent of preventing it from happening again," said Earl Weener of NTSB.

MTA says service on the line will be suspended until further notice, as investigators remain on the scene.


4:30 NTSB press conference


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MTA spokesperson says Metro-North trains are safe

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The MTA will work with the NTSB on the investigation into the derailment and agency spokesperson Marjorie Anders insists that people should still feel safe on Metro-North trains.

Anders says this is the first fatal crash in Metro-North's 30 year history. It does come just six months after a freight train crashed near the same station. But Anders says overall, the agency has a very strong safety record.

"This is a couple of incidents that are anomalies. People have been riding us safely for 30 years and I think they will continue to do that. It's extremely rare coincidence that a couple accidents happened so close together, but I think people know we provide a safe service," Anders said.

Between 100 and 150 people were on the train Sunday morning. Anders says if it was later in the day, that number could have been much higher.


Shuttle service being provided


Bus shuttle service is being provided between White Plains and Tarrytown for anyone who needs to travel in and out of Grand Central Station. Jessica Chen has the latest.
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Some patients taken to NY Presbyterian Hospital


Many of the injured were taken to hospitals in New York City, including NY Presbyterian. That's where we find Erin Billups with more.
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Some of the victims of the crash are already out of the hospital, while others remain in critical condition.

New York Presbyterian saw the most patients, while Jacobi Medical Center, Saint Barnabas and Columbia Montefiore are also treating people.

Family members gathered at the hospital to check on their relatives and they say the victims called it a frightening experience. That includes the husband of an assistant conductor and a former MTA worker, who called it a dangerous area.

"Thank God she's alive. I mean, thank God a lot of people lived through that. If the train went into the water, that would have been it. I heard that's a two hundred foot area, under cut there. It's very deep," said William Herbert.

"She said it just felt like the train was going super fast, even though Metro-North is known to be fast, especially when there's not too much stops in between. They will go very quickly," said Lisa Delgado.

MTA Press Release:

Metro-North to Provide Shuttle Bus Service Monday Morning Yonkers to the 242nd Street Broadway Local


Hudson Line Tickets will be Cross Honored on Subway and Harlem Line


Following this morning’s derailment of a Hudson Line train in the Bronx, MTA Metro-North Railroad will continue to provide bus service from the Tarrytown Station to the White Plains Station on the Harlem Line until 2 a.m. Monday.

Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, MTA Bus will provide a bus shuttle between the Yonkers Station and the 242nd Street terminus of the Broadway #1 local subway, until further notice.

New York City Subways will operate two additional #1 local trains per hour during the peak periods.

Hudson Line will continue to be cross-honored on the subway.

Many of the 26,000 people who use the Hudson Line on an average weekday are encouraged to ride the Harlem Line as an alternative.

People who do not have to travel are urged to telecommute. People should expect crowded trains.

In cooperation with Westchester and Putnam counties and local municipalities, special parking is being arranged to accommodate additional drivers at the Southeast Station at the northern terminus of the Harlem line and at Kensico Dam, which is in walking distance to the Valhalla station. Riders should consult mta.info for additional information on the continuing repair effort and service restoration.

Metro-North Customer Service representatives will be on hand to assist customers in making the transfers.

Cranes and other special heavy equipment are being positioned to remove the rail cars from the area so that repairs can begin. The equipment will arrive this evening begin work following clearance from the NTSB and work will continue through the night.

The accident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, a southbound, Hudson Line train with about 120 passengers on board derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. All cars derailed.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators who arrived on Sunday and immediately began documenting the scene. Metro-North is cooperating fully with that investigation. With NTSB approval, Metro-North workers will begin clearing the cars, using cranes and heavy equipment.

Customers are advised to check the website at mta.info for the latest service updates.

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