Sunday, December 1, 2013

4 Killed as Train Derails

A 5:54 a.m. Metro North train originating from Poughkeepsie’s on the Hudson Line has derailed in the Bronx near the Spuyten Duyvil station several hours ago. There have been four confirmed deaths with multiple injuries being reported. This derailment comes several months after another train had derailed on this same “line” a little bit farther south of this same station. No official statements have been made from any of the involved agencies.

This was a seven car train, with four cars derailing off the tracks and two flipping onto their sides and the remainder apparently still on the tracks. Most trains traveling to Grand Central are comprised of eight cars. Emergency first responder personnel are on the scene to assist all the passengers with evacuation and medical needs on the trains. Firefighters have been utilizing emergency exit windows as well as doors to remove passengers. During an event such as this, the least injured are usually removed first, followed by the rest. Rescue crews will also be looking to stabilize the train cars if necessary.

The Westchester County Technical Rescue Team has four motorized rescue rail cars call MEC cars that are electric and can transport people and equipment to a train track location for either rescue, evacuation or assistance. They are the only rescue rail cars in the area. However, with this derailment, it was close enough to the Spuyten Duyvil station that they are not needed. 

Updated 12:55PM

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