According to a report from WABC, there were at least sixty people injured and four people killed Sunday morning just outside of New York City after a Metro-North commuter train jumped a curved section of track.
It was near Independent Avenue and Palisades Avenue in the Bronx around 7:20 a.m. ET that the derailment occurred on Sunday morning, according to the WABC report. The train was inbound from Poughkeepsie, and was due to arrive at 7:43 a.m. ET in Grand Central Station. There were seven cars in all, two of which were flipped onto their side. The WABC report indicated that the other five cars were off the tracks. The two that were flipped were very close to the Harlem River.
Passengers could only be rescued from several of the cars once firefighters had smashed through the glass.Frank Tatulli, a passenger of the train wreck who rides the same route every single Sunday, told a WABC reporter that the train appeared to be traveling at a higher rate of speed that it normally did on previous trips. This statement has not been confirmed by any officials and everything is still under investigation.
This incident is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. WABC is streaming their coverage live for anyone who wants to following the incident online.
There are a number of Instagram and Twitter users who uploaded pictures from the crash at a distance immediately after it occurred, as well as later on throughout the day for those who are interested in seeing that footage as well. The pictures reveal live commentary alerting commuters about the delays in traffic, sending prayers to loved ones, and alerting people as to how real the situation is for those who are injured. Seeing the destruction puts a whole new spin on the news story and takes it from reporting words to seeing how the lives have changed.
There has been no immediate response to a request for comment from the New York City Fire Department, but one will be reported on as soon as it is received.