LONG ISLAND —  A work train hit a passenger train on the Long Island Rail Road on Saturday night injuring 33 people and suspending service in both directions on the Ronkonkoma line.

Crews are working around the clock to clear the tracks in time for Monday.

Governor Cuomo visited the scene and said, “If we have to do it all day and all night long, we will. We want to make sure tomorrow’s commute is as easy and normal as possible.”

Cuomo said local investigators as well as the National Transportation Safety Board are already looking into what caused the collision, which happened around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Reportedly, both trains were headed in the same direction when the work train hit the commuter rail carrying 600 passengers, which caused the first three cars to derail.

MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said of the 33 injuries, seven were employees – two from the work train and five from the commuter train – and 26 were customers.

Four of the passengers suffered serious injuries – the worst of which included a few broken bones, Prendergast said.


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