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article imageMetro-North passenger train derails in NYC; 4 killed, 67 injured

By Anne Sewell     Dec 1, 2013 in World
New York - A Metro-North passenger train derailed just north of Manhattan on Sunday morning and reportedly several carriages plunged into the Hudson River. Four people have been killed and 67 have been injured, according to the most recent update.
It is unknown at present how many passengers were on the train when it derailed, but the train was the 5:54 traveling from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central, due to arrive at 07:43 a.m. The time of the accident was 7:20 a.m. and the derailment occurred at about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station.
Five of the train's seven cars derailed.
Three of the dead were thrown "as the train came off the track and was twisting and turning," New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters, according to CNN.
The line on which the train derailed serves towns including Croton-Harmon, Peekskill, Ossining and Yonkers.
According to a tweet from Metro-North, service on the line is currently suspended. Their latest tweet reads, "Alternate transportation through that area is being arranged. We will provide more information as it becomes available."
While witnesses had said that some of the carriages were under water, according to CTV a photo of the scene taken by another witness shows eight cars derailed (not five of seven), with none in the water.
Amtrak said it was suspending service between New York and Albany indefinitely after the derailment.
Update:
The BBC is reporting that at least four people have been killed in the derailment and that there were "multiple injuries." Reportedly 130 firefighters are on the scene.
Also it is now official, Metro-North states that none of the train carriages went into the river.
Emergency personnel evacuate a victim from the scene of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx ...
Emergency personnel evacuate a victim from the scene of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York December 1, 2013. At least four people were killed and 63 injured, including 11 critically, when the suburban train derailed.
With permission by Reuters / Eric Thayer
Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New Y...
Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York December 1, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Carlo Allegri
Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New Y...
Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York December 1, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Carlo Allegri
Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New Y...
Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York December 1, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Carlo Allegri
New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to the media at the site of a Metro-North train derailment ...
New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks to the media at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York December 1, 2013. At least four people were killed and 63 injured, including 11 critically, when the suburban train derailed
With permission by Reuters / Eric Thayer
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