NY commuter train derailment leaves 33 hurt

2016-10-09 18:23


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New York - A New York City commuter train sideswiped a maintenance train and derailed, leaving 33 people injured, authorities said on Sunday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo toured the site of the accident, which happened on Saturday evening on the Long Island Rail Road as the passenger train was travelling east with hundreds of people aboard.

Four of those injured are in serious condition. The mishap occurred 30km east of the city.

The work train, used for track maintenance, "violated the clearance" of the passenger train, the first three cars of which derailed. The trains were headed in the same direction.

Both tracks remained shut down on Sunday. Crews worked to clear them for the Monday rush hour commute.

Last week a commuter train slammed into a New Jersey train station. The morning rush-hour collision at the Hoboken terminal killed one person and injured 114, causing major destruction at the transit choke point and gateway to Manhattan.

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