Train derails near New York, injuring dozens

Train derails near New York, injuring dozens

Train derails near New York, injuring dozens

Written by Staff Writer

09 Oct, 2016 | 2:28 pm

A passenger train has derailed near New York, injuring dozens of people, US officials say.

The 12-carriage Long Island Rail Road train carrying some 600 passengers derailed at about 21:00 local time on Saturday (01:00 GMT Sunday).

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano told a news conference 29 people were treated in hospitals for non-life threatening injuries such as broken bones and concussions. Scores more were evaluated or treated at the scene for scrapes or bruises.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairmen Thomas Prendergast said a front car sideswiped the westbound work train, causing the second and third cars of the passenger train to derail.

Passengers told local media they saw sparks at the windows after the train began shaking before striking something and coming to a halt.

The rail line – one of the busiest in the New York area – was closed after the crash.

Last month, a woman was killed and 108 other people were injured after a commuter train crashed into a railway station in New Jersey.

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