Train Derails in Long Island -More than 100 Injured

At least 103 people were injured Wednesday morning when a transit train came of the tracks and went through a bumper block in New York.

Officials said the train came to the end of the Atlantic Terminal but instead of stopping, it went through a small room.

It was estimated that between 600 and 700 people were on the train at the time of the incident, but there was no word on whether the injured were on the train or on the platform .

Deputy assistant chief Dan Donoghue said at least two of the train’s cars came off of the tracks and he could see that the bottom of one of those cars were pierced by a piece of the rail but it could have been worse.

“It could have been quite a bit worse, without a doubt,” Donoghue said. “We were fortunate. I don’t believe there was anyone in the room (that was struck).”

A witness only identified as Sophie said she witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

“While on my train, I saw teams of firefighters and police rushing in to help. A few people were still on the train, and others who had gotten off were a little bruised but emotionally shaken,” she said. “A few people were crying and calling their loved ones. Dozens were trying to take photos.”

MTA President Thomas Prendergast said there was some damage to the platform and the train, but said everything would  be running smoothly by afternoon rush hour.

The cause of the accident is not immediately clear and is currently under investigation at this time.

 

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