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Four Dead, 63 Injured When NYC-Bound Metro North Train Derails In Bronx

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Four people died and 63 were injured Sunday morning, when five of seven rail cars on a Metro North train derailed near the Hudson River in the Bronx.

The train left Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. Sunday travelling south to Grand Central Station. It derailed 100 yards from Spuyten Duyvil station at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan. About 130 firefighters are on the scene.

Twelve of the 63 injured are listed in critical condition, according the New York Daily News. Donovan was unsure how many people were on board.

Two people were ejected from the train during the derailment, both died.

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A 40-year-old survivor, Dianna Jackson, was in the third car, which overturned.

"We're banged up," Jackson told the Daily News. "We left the Tarrytown stop, the next stop was 125 St. The driver was going around the curve really fast. Next thing you know (we're) in middle of a wreckage."

"I was sitting in the first seat in the front of the car facing backwards," she said. "I was flung six feet. I landed on the shattered window (on the side of the train that hit the ground). I was lying on my back, gravel was flying everywhere. I was dragging along the ground...Maybe it was a minute, it felt like an eternity, I just wanted it to stop...I had gravel in my teeth, I was eating rocks. But I was grateful to be eating rocks because I'm still alive."

"The first car didn't flipped. The second and third car did flip. It was going pretty fast," an unidentified witness said. "People were crying. People were getting out through the train windows."

"The engine is laying by the side,” said Les Thompsom, 68, who came outside after he heard a loud noise. “They were putting people on stretchers. A few of them had blood on them but were conscious."

Sources told the Daily News that no criminality or foul play is suspected.

Sources: New York Daily News, Newser