Train derailment in New York City: images by AlJazeera TV

Train derailment

Another train derailment. After the recent Santiago de Compostela train crash, another rail tragedy happened in USA.

A passenger train has derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx area in New York City, killing four people and injuring dozens as one car came to rest just centimetres from the water. Here the images provided by AlJazeera TV.

Passengers on the early morning Metro-North train from suburban Poughkeepsie to Manhattan were jolted awake around 7.20am (11.20pm AEDT) to screams and the frightening sensation of their compartment rolling over on a bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet in the Bronx.

Three of the dead were found outside the train, and one was found inside, authorities said.

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For this train derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board was en route to investigate, and Gov Cuomo would not speculate about the causes of the crash until the federal agency issued its findings. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said investigators would look at factors including the train, the track and signal system, the train operators and speed.

The big curve where the derailment occurred is in a slow-speed area. Several injured passengers reported that the train seemed to be going too fast as it took the curve near the Spuyten Duyvil station.


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