As it happened: Bronx derailment

Key Points

  • Four people died and 63 were injured, 11 of them critically, when a train derailed in New York City
  • Several of the Metro-North train's carriages came off the tracks in Bronx area at 07:20 (12:20 GMT)
  • Investigators are looking into reports that the train was travelling too fast. All times GMT

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  1.  
    1405:

    Welcome to the BBC's latest updates from the Metro-North passenger train derailment in New York City. The train derailed in the Bronx area, prompting a major emergency services response amid reports of "multiple injuries". Five of the Metro-North train's seven carriages came off the tracks, New York's transport authority said.

     
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    1412:

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed at about 07:20 local time on Sunday near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.

     
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    1413:

    None of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers.

     
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    1414:

    The commuter train was bound for New York's Grand Central Station, the city's Fire Department said.

     
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    1416:

    US media are reporting that at least four people have been killed.

     
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    1418:

    Passenger Frank Tatulli, who suffered head and neck injuries, tells Eyewitness News, reported by ABC, he thought the train was travelling at a higher rate of speed than it normally does.

     
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    1420:
    Cars from a Metro-North passenger train are scattered after the train derailed in the Bronx neighborhood of New York Five carriages came off the tracks
     
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    1422:

    Hudson Line services have been suspended, the Metropolitan Transport Authority says.

     
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    1428:

    NYPD canine officers are searching the woods with dogs for passengers who may have been thrown from the carriages on impact.

     
  10.  
    Teri Tynes

    Teri Tynes was walking near the Henry Hudson Bridge and tweeted this photo of the scene of the train derailment

     
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    1431:

    Rescuers are using ladders to climb about 12ft (3.6m) on to the overturned carriages, reports WABC.

     
  12.  
    1432:

    New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has arrived at the scene, US media report.

     
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    1434:

    The Fire Department of New York says there are 130 firefighters at the scene.

     
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    tweets: metro-north trains usually move a bit slower through the Spuyten Duyvil area, given it's a rare curve on the Hudson Line

     
  15.  
    1446:

    WNBC is reporting that the FBI is sending agents, but emphasises all signs so far point to an accident, rather than any kind of terrorism or crime.

     
  16.  
    1446:

    WABC News reports that the accident occurred on property owned and maintained by Metro-North Railroad, although the Empire Lin Service uses the tracks

     
  17.  
    1447:

    No word yet on the cause of the crash, weather was clear and calm.

     
  18.  
    1448:

    The derailed train was just minutes away from Grand Central Station in mid-town Manhattan, the final stop, US media report.

     
  19.  
    1450:

    Passenger Joel Zaritsky told the Associated Press he was asleep at the time. "I woke up when the car started rolling several times. Then I saw the gravel coming at me, and I heard people screaming. There was smoke everywhere and debris. People were thrown to the other side of the train,'' he said.

     
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    1452:

    A freight train derailed near the same station in July, New York Times says

     
  21.  
    1453:

    New York City police boats and divers are in the water just feet from the nose of the lead car.

     
  22.  
    New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro

    tweets: Governor Cuomo on site at major train accident in Bronx; no word yet on when Mayor Bloomberg might be there.

     
  23.  
    1500:

    The BBC's Daniel Nasaw in New York City says there are no seat belts on the type of train involved in the crash.

     
  24.  
    1504:

    The train derailment has caused multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman tells the Associated Press.

     
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    1510:

    At least two of the dead appear to have been thrown from the train, CNN reports, quoting unnamed sources familiar with the investigation.

     
  26.  
    1511:

    The train derailed along a sharp curve in the residential Spuyten Duyvil neighbourhood of the Bronx. It's a middle-class neighbourhood at the southern tip of the borough, just over the narrow Harlem River from the northern tip of Manhattan island.

     
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    1514:

    Four people dead and 63 injured, the Fire Department of New York tells the BBC.

     
  28.  
    1516:

    At the scene, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the cause of the crash is unclear.

     
  29.  
    1517:

    Governor Cuomo says the train's operator survived the crash but was injured, everyone is believed to be accounted for.

     
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    1518:

    Eleven people are critically injured, says the governor.

     
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    1519:

    Governor Cuomo says of the four people who lost their lives, "they are in our thoughts and prayers - their families have not yet been notified".

     
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    1520:

    At the scene, investigators said they would look into reports that the train had been travelling too fast.

     
  33.  
    Rob, New York

    tweets: Terrifying Metro-North news. Have ridden that train 1,000 times. Always wondered why there are no seat belts.

     
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    1523:

    The engineer, who survived the crash, was riding in the locomotive at the back of the train, according to local media. Many of the injured were reportedly cut by flying glass and debris flung up from the track bed as the train screeched along on its side.

     
  35.  
    Coldona, New York

    tweets: Just seeing the news now. My prayers are with everyone who lost a loved one, everyone hurt. #MetroNorth #NYC #Bronx #train #derailment

     
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    1531:

    The commuter train had no manifest listing names of the passengers, so city officials are asking New Yorkers who believe they might have had a loved one on the train to telephone a city information line by dialling 311.

     
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    1534:

    Passenger Frank Tatulli told WABC-TV that the train appeared to be going "a lot faster" than usual as it approached the curve coming into the station.

     
  38.  
    Dylan, New York

    tweets: wow I've taken that train line a million times down to Yankee Stadium. so sad. pretty shocked. #derailment

     
  39.  
    1542:

    Three of the dead were found outside the train, and one was found inside, authorities say.

     
  40.  
    JB Zimmerman, Upstate Manhattan

    tweets: Helicopter traffic near Spuyten Duyvil lessening, finally. Presume this means all those evacuated who need to be, now it's just rail work.

     
  41.  
    1550:

    Passenger Frank Tatulli told WABC-TV the train went off the rails on the bend approaching the station: "The guy was going on one of the turns fast. I have no idea why. It [the train] left them [tracks] because it went too fast."

     
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    1553:

    Local resident Brendan Conley, 22, told the New York Post he was woken up by the crash. "I heard what I thought was a building collapsing."

     
  43.  
    Nikki Croney, New York

    tweets: I was on that SAME train line yesterday morning ; prayers to these people & their families #metronorth

     
  44.  
    1556:

    A woman is taken to an ambulance at the site of the derailment:

    A woman is taken to an ambulance at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York on 1 December 2013
     
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    1600:

    Injured people are tended to at the site of the derailment:

    Injured people are tended to the site of the derailment
     
  46.  
    Jim Meigs, New York

    tweets: #MetroNorth accident looks like classic derailment: tight turn at end of long straight run; train going too fast.

     
  47.  
    1604:

    President Obama has been briefed on the tragedy. A White House official tells the BBC: "His thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this incident. The White House will continue to stay in contact with the federal, state and local partners as they respond to this event."

     
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    1607:

    Red Cross volunteers set up a triage operation for commuters (pictured) who had been on the train:

    Commuters, who were on a train that derailed on Dec 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York, are seen after being rescued
     
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    1610:

    This picture shows how close one carriage came to ending up in the Harlem River:

    Emergency workers gather at the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York on 1 December 2013
     
  50.  
    1613:

    Commuters, who were on the derailed train, in shock:

    Commuters, who were on a train that derailed, are seen after being rescued in the Bronx borough of New York on 1 December 2013
     
  51.  
    1616:

    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz says in a statement the "terrible tragedy" has cast a dark shadow over the holiday season. "My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of all 1.4 million Bronx residents, are with the victims and their families."

     
  52.  
    stevejfox, Massachusetts

    tweets: Tough to describe how key Metro-North is to transport in NYC area. Many describing it as "commuter train" but it's much more. #MetroNorth

     
  53.  
    1619:

    Timothy Elliot had this view this morning from his apartment:

    The derailed train
     
  54.  
    1634:

    Ten patients were brought to St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where two of them are undergoing surgery. Dr Howard Katz, head of orthopaedic surgery, told ABC News one casualty had a "very bad" open elbow fracture, another had a knee fracture, yet another had a spine fracture. He said some of the injuries were "full of dirt". None of the patients he had seen had head injuries, he added.

     
  55.  
    1641: The BBC's Daniel Nasaw says

    "I'm on a bluff overlooking the site. Helicopters are buzzing overhead, and the sun shining. The rail carriages have been tossed over like children's toys. One can imagine the horror of these passengers: one second they're sitting peacefully, the rails humming beneath them; next they're violently thrown about, dirt, glass and debris flying. The authorities have removed the victims. Now the task of learning what caused this disaster begins."

     
  56.  
    1703:

    Sunday's crash is the third derailment this year for Metro-North. On 18 July, 10 freight train carriages carrying refuse left the tracks in New York City. All crew members were unharmed.

     
  57.  
    1703:

    On 17 May, 73 passengers were injured when two Metro-North trains collided in Bridgeport, Connecticut, after one of them derailed.

     
  58.  
    1704:

    The Associated Press news agency says the train's operator has been plagued by safety issues. It points out that on 28 May, a Metro-North foreman was killed by a passenger train after a section of track undergoing maintenance was prematurely put back in service by an inexperienced traffic controller.

     
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    1709:
    Emergency personnel respond to the scene
     
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    1709:
    Scene of the crash
     
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    1729: The BBC's Daniel Nasaw, at the scene, says

    "Local residents who use this rail route tell me the curve is daunting and the trains often speed round it. They wonder whether any lessons were learned from July's derailment of a freight train just a quarter mile or so down the track."

     
  62.  
    1732:

    An aerial view of the derailed train snaking towards the water's edge:

    Scene of derailed train
     
  63.  
    1733: The BBC's Daniel Nasaw, at the scene, says

    "I asked a man who lives up the street to describe the neighbourhood to me. His first word: 'Quiet.' Today, it is anything but."

     
  64.  
    CNN's Shimon Prokupecz

    tweets EXCLUSIVE @ CNN PHOTO: Inside derailed Bronx train CNN Exclusive Courtesy Amanda Swanson

     
  65.  
    1757:

    Passenger Amanda Swanson, who emerged from the wreck almost unscathed, told CNN: "The windows broke out. The gravel came flying up in our faces. I really didn't know if I would survive. The train felt like it was on its side and dragging for a long time. The whole thing felt like slow motion. I definitely feel like I serendipitously took the best seat on that train today."

     
  66.  
    1758:

    Local resident Hank Goldman told CNN: "I heard this horrible, whooshing sound. It was very disturbing, very loud. I jumped out of bed and... got my binoculars, and I couldn't believe my eyes, that the train had jumped the tracks right here."

     
  67.  
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

    tweets: JFK High School at 99 Terrace View Ave. in the #Bronx has been established as a family center for #MetroNorth derailment #SpuytenDuyvil

     
  68.  
    1808:

    Thanks for joining our live coverage of the deadly Bronx train derailment. The BBC's Nick Bryant is reporting from the scene - we'll bring you all the latest on this story here.

     

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