Metro-North Train derailed early this morning, December 1, 2013, at 7:20 a.m. in the Bronx, New York. Metro-North authorities say four cars on a seven-car train leaving from Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. derailed just feet from the Hudson and Harlem Rivers and just short of the Spuyten Duyvil station.
News agencies initially stated some of those derailed cars were in the water, but that has been confirmed that was not true. More than 130 firefighters raced to the derailment scene to help extricate passengers and crew from the train.
Of the four people killed in this train derailment accident three where ejected from the train. All passengers have been accounted for, said Gov. Cuomo.
The Hudson line is suspended indefinitely and the Amtrak Empire line is suspended between Albany and New York City until further investigation.
A frequent Sunday rider told a news station that he takes this train every Sunday and that it was traveling faster than usual as it approached the curve where it derailed and that was also confirmed to be one factor by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority President Tom Prendergast during a briefing near the derailment. A similar incident took place near the area in a July derailment but on a different track.
Friends and families trying to obtain information about people that may have been on this train are advised to contact New York City’s 311 information system, Gov. Cuomo said.
If you or someone you know have been injured in this or any other train accident please contact experienced Railroad Accident Attorney James J. McEldrew, III. Mr. McEldrew is available to answer all your questions. Jim was on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 1994 until 2001, and was President of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys from 2001 to 2002. Call Jim today at 215-694-1267 or email him at email@example.com.