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Deadly Derailment in New York City

Four people died and 63 were injured when a passenger train crashed in New York City’s Bronx borough Sunday morning after it took a turn at unusually high speeds, eyewitnesses say.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the casualty figures, saying authorities believed everyone at the site had been accounted for and that National Transportation Safety Board investigators were traveling to the area to begin an investigation.

“It’s obviously a very tragic situation,” the BBC quotes him as saying. “The first order of business is to care for the people who were on the train. … We’ll wait to see what the NTSB says before speculating as to any causes.”

Eleven of the injured are believed to be in critical condition in a hospital.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

BBC:

Metro-North is a rail service that serves commuters from New York City’s northern suburbs. It is not part of the New York City subway system.

Sunday’s accident is the second passenger train derailment this year for the rail service.

On 17 May, an eastbound train derailed in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and was struck by a westbound train. The crash injured 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor. Eleven days later, a track foreman was struck and killed by a train in West Haven, Connecticut.

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