Over 100 suffer minor injuries in NYC train accident

An injured passenger, after a Long Island Rail Road commuter train either hit something or derailed, is taken from the Atlantic Terminal, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 

UPDATE: (AP) New York City authorities say more than 100 people suffered minor injuries when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block at a Brooklyn station.

Fire officials at the scene Wednesday said metal that appeared to be from a rail pierced the bottom of the train and the wheels lifted up. They said the crash also damaged a work area beyond the tracks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the train was moving very slowly. He said it “wasn’t really a derailment.”

Eleven of the injured were taken to hospitals. Officials at the scene estimated that 600 to 700 people were on the train.

They said many passengers were standing as they prepared to get off the train.

The cause is under investigation.

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BROOKLYN, NY (WSAV/NBC) – NBC News New York is reporting that an LIRR train has derailed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn during the morning rush hour. It has been reported that nearly three dozen people are injured.

It has been reported that nearly three dozen people are injured.

Emergency officials say 32 people were hurt when the train plowed into the terminal around 8:30 a.m.; all were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The exact number of people injured has not been confirmed yet.

Some people were carried away on stretchers. Others were sitting outside the train holding ice packs to their heads.

Reports from the scene said some people were bleeding from cuts.

Railroad officials said they had no immediate information on the cause of the accident, which happened at around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Pictures from social media show that the derailment took place on track 6 and the train at a slightly tipped angle.

The LIRR tweeted only that customers should expect delays in and out of the transit hub “due to an incident” at the terminal.

Passengers described the train pulling into the station, followed by a crash and a loud boom, after which the train’s doors opened.

“I don’t know, all I remember is being on the floor,” one visibly shaken woman who had been on the train told NBC 4 New York between tears. Several people complained of neck and back injuries.

Despite the clear damage, many people were able to walk out.

Four months ago, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey which killed a woman on the platform and injured about 100 others. That investigation is still ongoing.

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