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Long Island Commuter Train Derails, 100+ Potentially Injured


train traveling on tracks

According to NBC New York, a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at a Brooklyn terminal station, causing injuries to over 100 people on Wednesday morning.

Platform Filled with Debris, Smoke

The train derailment occurred at around 8:30 a.m. local time when a train from Far Rockaway failed to stop at the Atlantic Terminal. Officials say the train, traveling at around 15 mph, smashed over the bumping block, sending the first train car off the rails.

NBC New York reports that 103 suffered from injuries in the crash – however, most injuries are believed to be minor. New York’s governor said the worst injury out of the incident may be a broken leg. The status of the train engineer was unknown. Some people involved in the crash complained of neck and back injuries. The number of victims that required hospitalization is unclear.

The train crash occurred at the height of the morning rush hour, according to NBC New York. The terminal was shut down due to the incident as crews cleaned up the glass and debris from the area. Four months ago, a train derailed and crashed into the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, killing one woman and injuring around 100 other people.

Train and Railroad Accident Statistics

Train and railroad accidents cause thousands of injuries and accidents every year. In 2011 alone, there were 4,273 train and railroad accidents/incidents resulting in 290 fatalities.

Train passenger injuries can be caused by:

  • Conductor negligence
  • Mechanical failure
  • Outdated train tracks
  • Poor track maintenance
  • Train derailment
  • Defective automatic warning devices
  • Collision with a vehicle
  • Collision with another train

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