According to Reuters, a Long Island Rail Road passenger train derailed on Saturday near New Hyde Park, New York. There were 29 people injured, and service was halted on the key transit line in both directions.
Details about the Train Derailment
There were no official details available on the circumstances of the incident.
The train derailed around 9:00 p.m. local time when a the passenger train struck a work train about 20 miles east of Manhattan, according to the police. It has not been made clear if the work train was stationary at the time.
Nassau County Executive told the news conference that 29 people were treated in hospitals for non-life threatening injuries such as broken bones and concussions. There were other people that were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the 12-car train was heading eastbound on the railroad’s main line carrying about 600 passengers whenever the first three cars derailed a half-mile east of New Hyde Park Station.
Photos and Witness Accounts Paint Vivid Picture
There have been photos from the scene of the wreck that show two of the derailed train cars leaning upright but askew and partly off track.
Passengers that were on the train told the media that they saw sparks or fire outside of the windows after the train started shaking mildly. The train began shaking more violently afterwards and struck something and came to a halt. The train was moving at a normal speed before the incident occurred.
The New Hyde Park Station is east of the border with the New York City borough of Queens. The rail line is one of the busiest commuter routes into America’s largest city. However, the derailment forced suspension of service in both directions.
This accident occurred only 9 days after a passenger train crashed into a terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, which is also another major commuter route. That crash killed one person and injured over 100 people.
Train Fatalities Statistics in New York City
According to Newsweek, between 2011 and 2014, there were 248 subway deaths in total in New York City.
On the LIRR, a total 84 deaths occurred between 2004 and 2013.
For Metro-North, there were 43 total deaths between 2004 and 2013.
On the LIRR, total fatalities increased 225 percent between 2004 and 2013.
The National Transportation Safety Board reports that railroad deaths went up 6 percent in 2013, to 891 from 840 in 2012.