33 people injured after NY commuter train derails

33 people injured after NY commuter train derails

The LIRR derailment Saturday night near Long Island's New Hyde Park station that injured 33 people was likely caused by a Long Island Rail Road crew member mistake, U.S. Sen. A spokesman for the Long Island Rail Road says the eastbound train derailed east of New Hyde Park just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Describing the incident, passengers told local media they saw sparks flying outside the windows as the train began shaking before striking something and grinding to a halt.

Officials say seven employees and 26 commuters were hurt.

A statement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, citing "early reports", put the number of injuries at 11, "none of which are considered to be serious".

Some 600 people were riding the train when it derailed. The work train, a yellow, one-car train, was performing scheduled maintenance on a second track on that train line Saturday.

On the tracks outside New Hyde Park, yellow paint was splattered on a commuter vehicle, the contents of the maintenance train that had hit it, officials said. He added that Amtrak has put cameras in all its Northeast Corridor trains and that he hopes more cameras would help prevent future crashes. But workers were trying to clear trains from the tracks so that other trains could run on them by Monday morning, Cuomo said. Official estimates on the number of injured people ranged from 29 to 40.

Craig Heller, one of 600 passengers aboard the LIRR train Saturday night, said his vehicle started shaking suddenly after the collision. It felt like we could actually completely tip over, obviously, while it was happening. Go to the MTA's website for the latest information about service changes. Emergency personnel had to use ladders to help get the passengers who were stuck on the derailed train.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has asked for inward facing cameras to be installed on all New York City metro railroad systems, according to a reported by the Associated Press.

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