LIRR Train Derailment in Brooklyn Injures 37 People, Officials Say

06 January, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Investigators assess damage after a Long Island Railroad train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York City U.S. in this National Transportation Safety Board handout

"The people right in front of me all fell down like dominoes".

Upon the accident, crowds had assembled up quickly to examine the scene as the paramedics raced to the passengers on board who were then taken away quickly for treatment. The injured were taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center, Methodist hospital and Kings County hospital. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a rapidly-assembled press conference that "it was a train that didn't stop when it was supposed to, [and] hit the bumping block at a fairly low rate of speed". "That room sustained quite a bit of damage".

January 2005: A Metrolink commuter train hit an unoccupied vehicle near a grade crossing in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, derailing and then colliding with a Union Pacific freight train, which was tied down on a siding. A rail pierced the floor of a train vehicle, authorities said.

Donoghue said it was fortunate the train stopped where it did.

"We were lucky, it could have been quite a bit worse", he said. Its reach stretches 120 miles from Montauk on Long Island's eastern tip to Penn Station in Manhattan, and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

Cuomo and MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast told reporters that an investigation was already underway. "That's the engineer and the conductor", Southworth said. An attorney for the engineer of the NJ Transit train has cited undiagnosed severe sleep apnea, which restricts breathing during sleep, causing daytime drowsiness and attention deficits. This comes not long after hoboken, nrew Jersey, and one woman died.

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Danielle Kraese was sitting on a train, waiting for it to leave, when the LIRR train came barreling into the station. "This was minor compared to Hoboken".

And in cases where trains are going slowly, as initial reports indicate occurred in Wednesday's incident, Positive Train Control may not avert an accident at all.

Shaken commuters posted photos of emergency workers responding to the scene online. Emergency responders navigating dazed passengers and broken glass to get to the injured inside.

"Lots of police and fire at Atlantic", one person wrote on Twitter. Within half an hour of the train crash there were still passengers being assisted for evacuation by the medical teams and authorities.

LIRR officials said customers should expect delays in and out of the Atlantic Terminal "due to an incident".

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