Second New York rail derailment in days injures four

2017-04-03 20:32
A fire truck responds to news of a train derailment at Penn Station in New York. (Mark Lennihan, AP)

A fire truck responds to news of a train derailment at Penn Station in New York. (Mark Lennihan, AP)

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New York - A commuter train derailed at New York's Penn Station on Monday, slightly injuring four people in the second such incident in 10 days, officials said.

The train from Trenton came off the tracks at 09:00 as it pulled into the bustling transport hub in Manhattan at low speed causing four minor injuries, said a spokesperson for New Jersey Transit.

An Amtrak train bound for Washington also came off the rails on March 24 while pulling out of the station. Both incidents caused partial disruptions.

The US rail network suffers from chronic underfunding and accidents are not infrequent, particularly on the busy East Coast corridor.

Last September one woman was killed and more than 100 people injured when a train slammed into a station at Hoboken, New Jersey in what was then the fourth deadly crash in less than three years on the East Coast.

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