New York train derails, killing four and injuring 63
Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 01:20
Dec. 1 - A Metro-North passenger train derailed in the Bronx Sunday, killing four and injuring more than 60. Karen Hendren reports.
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At least four people are dead and more than 60 injured after a suburban train derailed in the Bronx borough of New York Sunday morning.
Metro North officials say at least five of the seven cars slid off the tracks... with one rail car lying toppled near the Hudson River.
Resident Ben Sherman woke up hearing the crash.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BEN SHERMAN, RESIDENT SAYING:
"It sounded like crunching, grinding metal. I jumped out of bed and I looked out my window and I saw one of the trains on it's side and one of the trains sort of teetering and smoke coming out from between the two cars... billowing out. I actually thought it was going to catch fire."
New York Fire Department Chief Ed Kilduff said police and rescue workers are searching the waterway and shoreline for the walking wounded.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF ED KILDUFF SAYING:
"We had to use air bags under the train to remove some of the critically injured. We had to cut some of the people within the train that were slightly entangled within the train itself to get them out."
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the victims are in his thoughts.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING:
"Let's all say a prayer and remember the people we lost this morning and their families."
Fire department officials say 11 of the injured are in critical condition, six in serious condition and the rest of the wounded sustained non-life threatening injuries.
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