The accident took place in the Bronx, near a bridge crossing the Harlem River. At least four passengers were killed with dozens of others injured , including 11 seriously . Police report brake problem could be the cause of the tragedy.
The commuter train derailed Sunday in New York. The accident occurred at 7:20 am near the Bronx. The train left at Poughkeepsie at 5:54am heading for the Central Terminal Station in Manhattan. It was half full when seven cars suddenly went off the rails. According to initial reports , the train was much faster than usual as it went around a sharp curve. A police source citing an interview with the driver said the driver told investigators he applied brakes, but the train did not slow down at it made the turn.
Initial reports said one of the cars fell into the river, but this information was quickly denied by the police, according to the local branch of NBC. However, some cars arrived just feet away from the banks of the Harlem River.
At least four people were killed in the derailment. Sixty people were injured, eleven of which are in critical condition . More than a hundred firefighters were on site. As there is no accurate data of passengers who were on board the train, the police asked families to report if they had relative aboard when the accident occurred.
About 150 passengers were on board the train at the time of the accident , according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (MTA). "We would have seen a worse disaster if it had happened during the week with a crowded train of commuters ," said Fire Chief of New York, Joseph Cassano .
President Barack Obama was informed of the derailment, " His thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families who have lost loved ones, and all those affected by this accident," said sources in the White House . Train service on the Metro-North line , which runs along the Hudson River, has been suspended for an indefinite period , said the New York transportation authority.