Saturday 23 September 2017

More than 100 injured in New York train accident

An injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal in the Brooklyn borough of New York (AP/Mark Lennihan)
An injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal in the Brooklyn borough of New York (AP/Mark Lennihan)

More than 100 people have suffered minor injuries when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block at a Brooklyn station, New York City authorities said.

Fire officials at the scene said metal that appeared to be from a rail pierced the bottom of the train and the wheels lifted up.

The crash also damaged a work area beyond the tracks, they said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the train was moving very slowly and added that it "wasn't really a derailment".

Eleven of the injured were taken to hospital.

Officials at the scene estimated that 600 to 700 people were on the train.

They said many passengers were standing as they prepared to get off the train.

The cause is under investigation.

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