A Metro-North trail derailment in the Bronx borough of New York has left four dead and 67 injured.
The train was headed for Grand Central and derailed as it approached the Spuyten Duyvil station. All seven cars of the commuter train derailed off a large curved section of track about 100 yards north of the station, Reuters reported. The front car stopped before reaching the water.
New York Police Department divers were in the water near the accident and dozens of firefighters were on the scene helping pull people from the wreckage, the news service noted. No passengers were in the water, an MTA spokeswoman confirmed.
Witnesses reported the train was going too fast as it was heading into the station although authorities have yet to discuss a potential cause for the derailment. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano have toured the scene. Authorities do not believe terrorism or malicious intent was involved in the derailment.
"On a workday, fully occupied, it would have been a tremendous disaster," Cassano told reporters at the scene.
Of the 67 injured, 11 were in critical condition. The injured were transported to local hospitals and the death toll is not expected to increase. The MTA said the train was about half full at the time of the crash, with about 150 passengers.
In a press conference, Cassano said three of the four deceased were thrown from the train. ABC is reporting the Metro-North train, No. 8808 was Grand Central-bound from Poughkeepsie, reports CBS New York.
The train from Poughkeepsie departed at 5:54 a.m. EST and was scheduled to arrive at Grand Central at 7:43 a.m. EST. Rescue efforts believe they have recovered all passengers but are performing searches in the area as well as the water.
NBC New York is reporting Metro-North Hudson Line service has been suspended indefinitely as authorities continue their investigation. Amtrak Empire Line service from New York to Albany has also been suspended.
After touring the scene, Governor Cuomo said his thoughts and prayers were with the dead and injured. The governor said details about how the accident would impact the morning commute on Monday were not yet available.
The accident was described by Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, who represents the area and was at the scene, as “certainly the worst one on this line.”
Rescue workers from the Police and Fire Departments arrived on the scene and lowered stretchers into the train cars, which were lying almost on their sides, the New York Times reported. One of the cars was just above the water.
“We are just not sure” what caused the derailment, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman, Aaron Donovan, said. “That will be the subject of a detailed investigation.”
A live stream of CBS' coverage of the Metro-North train derailment can be viewed here. People looking for information on passengers should call 311.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.