Four people are dead and more than 60 more have been injured in a New York City commuter train derailment that happened on Sunday. According to officials, there were 150 passengers on the early morning Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Manhattan. The accident happened around 7:20 a.m. when the engineer went to apply the brakes around a bend located in the Bronx where the Hudson and the Harlem rivers meet. The engineer said in a statement it was as if the brakes not respond. The train derailed with four or five of the seven cars having come off the rails.
Officials with the New York Fire Department say that 11 of the 60 who were injured in the derailment are believed to be critically injured while another six are listed as being seriously hurt.
The Governor of New York said the track did not appear to be faulty, and it was likely that speed could have played a role in the crash. He also indicated that the National Transportation Safety Board would determine what happened.
Ten investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration are on their way to the scene of the accident. This is the latest incident in a series of for the second largest commuter railroad in the year.
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