More than a hundred people were injured after a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train derailed Wednesday morning during rush hour.
The derailment occurred at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET. The injured were rushed to area hospital, but none of the injuries were life threatening, according to the New York Fire Department (FDNY).
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived on scene shortly after the incident, and said the train failed to stop at a bumper. “Glad to report there were no deaths; the most serious injury was a broken leg,” Cuomo said.
The train overshot the platform, and ran into a bumper block, according to the New York Daily News, causing a “sharp” stop and partial derailment.
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“The impact knocked the wheels of the first car and one other axle off the rails,” Metro Transit Authority (MTA) chairman Tom Prendergast said to reporters at the scene. “Obviously the train is supposed to stop short of the bumping block, It did not do that,” Prendergast said.
The train was traveling at a low speed at the time of the crash, according to NBC4 New York.
A responding firefighter reported that a rail pierced the bottom of the train. “It was fortunate we didn’t have more severe injuries,” FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Daniel Donoghue told NBC4.
The condition of the train operator was not immediately clear, but investigators are likely to interview the driver to learn more. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is deploying investigators to the scene.
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LIRR officials said customers should expect delays in and out of the Atlantic Terminal “due to an incident.” The MTA said it anticipates normal service to be restored by the evening rush hour.
The derailment comes about four months after a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, killing a woman on the platform and injuring about 100 other people.
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