13 Hurt in New York City Train Derailment

2 of those received serious injuries, but all are expected to recover
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2023 1:00 AM CDT
New York City Train Derailment Injures 13
The Long Island Rail Road logo is shown on the side of a LIRR commuter train, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Long Beach branch in Long Beach, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Two people were seriously injured and 11 others hurt when a commuter train derailed in New York City on Thursday, officials said. About 100 riders were on the Long Island Rail Road train when it derailed shortly after 11am east of the Jamaica station in Queens, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson said. Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said 13 passengers suffered injuries, nine minor, two moderate, and two serious, the AP reports. "All of them are stable at this time and all of them are going to be OK," she said at a briefing at the scene. The riders were evacuated to a rescue train.

Eight train cars derailed, officials said. Eastbound LIRR trains were bypassing several other stations as a result. "Our top priority is ensuring all passengers and railroad workers are safe and that train service resumes as quickly as possible," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. Speed was not a factor in the derailment, which took place in an area where a network of tracks and signals allows trains to change directions, NY1 reports. "It was like boom boom boom, we knew something was wrong," one passenger tells NBC New York. "A lot of prayers, train turned into a church real fast."

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