Investigators search for cause of Brooklyn train crash

Officials investigate after a Long Island Railroad train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York City
Officials investigate after a Long Island Railroad train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York City
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06 January, 2017

The train from Far Rockaway was arriving at the Brooklyn transit hub around 8:20 a.m. when it slammed into the block at the end of the track - reminiscent of September's fatal Hoboken station crash. More than 100 injured people were taken to area hospitals. "That train was coming in much faster".

"Accidents seem to happen in an instant but they take some time to unravel", Southworth said. Its reach stretches 120 miles from Montauk on Long Island's eastern tip to Penn Station in Manhattan, and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. A rail pierced the floor of a train vehicle, authorities said. Some described a large jolt that sent people flying. One person died and 114 were injured. "People crying, screaming, then it started smoking", said another witness.

Explaining why it was hard to pinpoint exactly how many people were injured, Cuomo added: "They were standing and they were getting ready to get off the train".

He estimated that 600 to 700 people were on the train. Tracks 5 and 6 are out of service for the investigation.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were due on site.

Emergency crews on the scene after a Long Island Railroad train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York City
Emergency crews on the scene after a Long Island Railroad train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn New York City

"The train suddenly slammed", said a woman who was riding in the first auto of the train.

While NTSB officials are just beginning their investigation, the LIRR is now in the middle of a billion dollar system safety upgrade.

The LIRR said in a statement as events unfolded that passengers should expect delays in and out of Atlantic Terminal following the crash.

January 2017: Details from Wednesday's crash were still scarce, though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the train was supposed to stop at a bumper in the station but didn't.

Early indications are that Wednesday's Brooklyn train failed to stop before hitting a bumper. It did not do that. "All those things have to be looked at in the investigation". He said the partition panels and the bumping block were damaged.

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