Metro-North train derails in New York City: Transit Officials

A passenger train derailed early Sunday in New York City, with five cars from a Metro-North train sliding off the tracks, transit officials said.

The train derailed at 7:20 a.m. local time in New York about 100 feet north of Metro North’s Spuyten Duyvil station, said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for Metro North, which is a subsidiary of New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Donovan said there were reports of injuries, but no immediate confirmation. No train cars were in the water, he said.

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A Metro-North passenger train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx on Sunday morning, causing “multiple injuries,” authorities said.

The derailment of the southbound Hudson Line train was reported at about 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil station, authorities said. The train left Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. and was due to arrive at 7:43 a.m., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a news release.

The Fire Department of New York said 130 firefighters are on the scene. The extent of the injuries is not yet clear, the MTA said.

Four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed about 100 yards north of the station, the MTA said. But none of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers, which are adjacent, the MTA said.

The crash was reported by the engineer, and it wasn’t clear if any crew members are injured, the MTA said.

Edwin Valero was in an apartment building above the accident scene when the train derailed. He says none of the cars went into the water where the Harlem River meets the Hudson, but at least one ended up a few feet from the edge.

At first, he said, he didn’t notice that the train had flipped over.

“I didn’t realize it had been turned over until I saw a firefighter walking on the window,” he said.