A Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) passenger train derailed at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal early Wednesday morning.
The train crashed through a bumper block at the railway platform and came to a “screeching halt,” according to one passenger’s account.
Approximately 100 people were harmed but, miraculously, the most serious injury is believed to be a broken leg.
A woman who was riding in the first car told The New York Post, “One of the doors shattered and we all fell on top of each other.”
A witness who watched the terrifying event from the platform said, “There was screeching and the station quickly filled with dust and smoke.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the media at 10:00 a.m.:
“From the appearance of the accident, the train came in and hit the so-called bumping block and went by it for a few feet. It’s not yet clear how serious the passengers’ injuries are. Unharmed commuters made frantic phone calls after escaping the wreckage. Most of the injured are people who just walked off and left the train. That’s why the number (of people injured) is hard to pinpoint.”
Cuomo later tweeted, “The train was supposed to stop at a bumper and didn’t, but glad to report there were no deaths; the most serious injury was a broken leg.”
The fire department also confirmed, “76 non-life-threatening injuries reported at the scene of LIRR train derailment, Atlantic Terminal Brooklyn.”
The NYPD was at the scene informing anxious travelers about the incident. They were told to “expect traffic delays in the area of the Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal due to a LIRR train derailment.”
Long Island Rail Road tweeted that their services had been disrupted. “Anticipate possible delays into and out of Atlantic Terminal this morning due to an incident at the terminal.”
Anticipate possible delays into and out of Atlantic Terminal this morning due to an incident at the terminal.
— LIRR (@LIRR) January 4, 2017
It is not clear what caused the train to jump its tracks; an investigation is underway.
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