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4 killed, 63 injured in major train derailment in the Bronx

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A Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx on Sunday morning, killing at least four people and injuring 63 as the train stopped just inches from falling into frigid water.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the fatalities and injuries and said he believes everyone inside the train has been accounted for.

"Four people lost their lives today in the holiday season, right after Thanksgiving," Cuomo said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department identified the four passengers who died in the derailment:

  • Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, NY
  • James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, NY
  • James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, NY
  • Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens, NY

At the evening news conference, Cuomo said 11 people were reported to be in critical condition as a result of the crash. Cuomo previously said he believes one of the injured is the train's conductor, who hasn't been identified by officials.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said the crash occurred along a big curve near the station and said the area was designated as a "slow-speed" area.

Several witnesses told news organizations at the scene that it appeared as though the train was traveling at a high rate of speed as it approached the curve. Officials said four or five cars of the seven-car train jumped the tracks about 100 yards from the station, but all of them came to rest before plunging into the frigid waters of the Hudson River or Harlem River.

The posted speed limit at the curve were the train derailed is 30 mph; however, it is unclear at what speed the train was traveling when the derailment occurred.

The train was equipped with a black box, much like those found on airplanes. Officials from the National Transpiration Safety Board recovered an event recorder from the scene. Investigators will look at the box's information to see if speed was a factor in the crash.

Passengers were seen being taken off the train and dozens of them were bloodied, scratched and were holding ice packs to their faces, witnesses told Eyewitness News.

The investigators expect to be at the crash site for a week to 10 days. NTSB officials hope to interview the crew of the train in the next day or two.

NTSB official Earl Weener said the derailed locomotive and other cars will be uprighted so that officials can stop the fuel from spilling out.

Then federal officials will review the inside of all seven cars as well as the records.

"[We] want to understand not just what happened, but why it happened and prevent it from happening again," Weener said.

Once the investigation by the NTSB is complete, the cars will be turned over to Metro-North. For updates on the NTSB investigation, click here.

Weener said federal officials were able to review the crash scene and document some evidence when they arrived at about 12:30 p.m.

"We are most eager to hear the results of the investigation," said Cuomo.

MTA Hudson line train was being pushed by a diesel locomotive, which is similar to the shoreline east trains. The trains can be pushed or pulled.

Sunday's train derailment is the second passenger train derailment in six months. In May, a Metro-North train headed east in Bridgeport derailed and was struck by a westbound train. That crash injured 73 people.

Just 11 days later, a track foreman was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.

At about 3 p.m., Amtrak Empire Line Service between New York City and Albany was restored; however, in the affected areas, trains will be traveling at "restricted speeds." The Amtrak Northeast Corridor was not affected by the fatal derailment, officials said.

"Tomorrow, people should plan on a long commute," Cuomo said. He advised commuters to plan accordingly and to expect delays traveling back to work Monday.

MTA officials will update the public periodically on what their schedule will be for repairs and service. For more updates on the repairs and schedule, click here.

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