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Two Dead In Bronx Train Derailment

The derailment of as many as eight Metro North passenger rail in the Bronx has killed two and 30 injured and will have an effect on Amtrak service on a traditionally busy travel day.LATEST:

9:37 a.m. - Metro North confirmes to 7 ABC two have died and 30 are injured in the train derailment.


Derailed train in the Bronx
Derailed train in the Bronx showing cars on their side (Twitter via News 12 The Bronx)

Several of the cars are flipped on their side according to ABC 7 at Palisades Avenue and Independence Avenue in the Spuyten Duyvel section as it was coming around a sharp curve.  CBS New York reports there are numerous injuries and possible fatalities.

Despite initial confirmation of some passenger cars in the water police say none of them are in the Harlem River but came very close. The train’s engine is leaking diesel fuel.

Passenger Frank Tatulli, who takes the same train every Sunday,  told 7 ABC the train was traveling faster than it usually does. He was able to get off the train himself but has neck and head injuries.

Firefighters had to break windows to get to some passengers.

A large number of emergency personnel are responding to the derailment with more on the way.

The train was the 5:54a.m. out of Poughkeepsie scheduled to arrive at Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m.

Amtrak has canceled service between Albany and New York on it’s Empire Line.  New Jersey Fast Traffic’s Bernie Wagenblast says the accident scene is just beyond where the Amtrak line splits from the Metro-North line and could also effect passengers heeded to Buffalo, Montreal and Rutland, Vermont.

Amtrak says the accident will not have an affect on the Northeast Corridor.

Metro-North service on the Hudson Line between Poughkeepsie and New York is also suspended.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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