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Monday, December 22, 2014

Four die in Metro North derailment at Spuyten Duyvil

By Richard L. Stein and Andy Gross
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An overview of the site shows four train cars derailed.
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Two Metro North train cars lay on their sides after derailment.
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Two MTA Metro North train cars expose their underbellies at the Spuyten Duyvil train station near the railroad swing bridge.
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Firefighters climb up onto overturned train cars to rescue riders trapped inside.
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Police boats and divers checked for passengers they feared had been thrown into the river.
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Rescue workers swarmed to the train.
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Officials at the scene oversee the recovery and begin an investigation of the derailment.
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Everyone on the scene praised emergency workers including EMT paramedics, firefighters and police for their quick response and efficient work.
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EMS paramedics lined up injured passengers along Edsall Avenue for first aid.
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Emergency vehicles clogged Spuyten Duyvil streets stranding residents in their homes.
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First responders place injured passengers into an ambulance on Edsall Avenue.
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Survivors of the MTA Metro North derailment walk towards an ambulance on Edsall Avenue.
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Ryan Kelly, 27 a said he was asleep when it happened. He woke and saw "people flying all over."
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Nancy Soto, volunteer response supervisor with the Red Cross, at the Family Reception Center at the JFK High School Campus.
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Bonnie Garfinkel arrives at the Red Cross Family Reception Center in hopes of finding news about her cousin.
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Steven Ciccone, 29, says he sat on the right side of the Metro North train that was derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MTA Board Thomas F. Prendergast and other officials survey the site of the crash.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MTA Board Thomas F. Prendergast hold a press conference at the crash site.
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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spoke to onlookers..
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2248 Edsall Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463
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The calm of a sunny Sunday morning was shattered at around 7:20 a.m. when a southbound Metro North commuter train jumped the rails as it rounded the curve into Spuyten Duyvil station, injuring 63 passengers and killing four, according to Edward Kilduff, Chief of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).

The diesel locomotive slid so far towards the Harlem River that it was obscured from the view of observers on the station bridge. What was visible was a tangled mass of passenger cars lying on their sides, another teetering at a forty-five degree angle. The two cars furthest to the rear remained on the tracks fully detached from the train.

“I just heard and then felt a shudder and it turned over,” said passenger Steven Ciccione, 29, a Long Island resident who was sitting on the right side of the third car when the train crashed. “People were falling on top of me and screaming. People were also trying to help each other.”

Peter Stillman, a white-haired Manhattan resident, was a passenger on the train who escaped without injury. Standing on Palisade Avenue with a large wheeled suitcase, he tried to make sense of what he had experienced.

“I was sleeping with a mask on, when I was awakened by a jolt and a crushing and grinding sound,” Mr. Stillman said. “Then my head was smashed up against the back of my chair and then we stopped. I remember being afraid that we were going to hit something harder.  Many, many people were hurt badly. I don’t know if anyone was killed. There was blood all over the cars.”


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