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At least 100 injured as Long Island Rail Road train derails at rush hour in busy Brooklyn terminal

At least 100 injured as Long Island Rail Road train derails at rush hour in busy Brooklyn

  • Long Island Rail Road derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn at around 8.30am
  • At least 100 people were injured when the rush hour train suddenly jumped tracks
  • Fire Department of New York said all of the injuries were non life-threatening   
  • Smoke billowed through the platform as unharmed commuters fled wreckage 
  • Surrounding roads were closed as fire trucks and ambulances flocked to scene
  • Passengers in the front car described 'falling on top of each other' 
  • One woman is believed to have broken her leg but no other serious injuries were reported  

At least 100 people have been injured after a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal on Wednesday. 

It's not yet clear what caused the train to jump its tracks at around 8.20am. 

Photographs showed smoke billowing from the train which plowed through a bumper on the platform, shattering a glass door. 

Several passengers remained slumped on the floor as they were treated by paramedics shortly before 9am.

Others told how they were standing at the doors ready to disembark when the train suddenly came to a 'screeching' crash.  

At least 100 people were injured on Wednesday morning as a Long Island Rail Road commuter train jumped its tracks at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal 

At least 100 people were injured on Wednesday morning as a Long Island Rail Road commuter train jumped its tracks at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal 

Several passengers were stretchered away from the scene amid rush hour chaos 

Some passengers remained slumped on the floor of the train as others fled
Some passengers remained slumped on the floor of the train as others fled

Some passengers remained slumped on the floor of the train as others fled

Two passengers hold ice to their noses after being injured in the rush hour crash 

Two passengers hold ice to their noses after being injured in the rush hour crash 


LIRR train derails at Atlantic Terminal: At least 37 injured

'The train suddenly slammed. We were standing and waiting to get off. 

'One of the doors shattered and we all fell on top of each other,' one woman, who was in the front car, told The New York Post. 

Another, who watched the chaos unfold from across the platform, said: 'There was a screeching and the station quickly filled with dust and smoke.'

The injured were stretchered away from the scene as crowds gathered on platforms. 

Responders were still evacuating passengers from the train 30 minutes after the crash. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the media at around 10am, explaining how the train pushed past the bumper where it was meant to stop. 

'From the appearance of the accident, the train came in and hit the so-called bumping block and went by it for a few feet. 

'Our first concern is the people who were on the train. There were a number of minor injuries. We believe the worst injury at this time is a broken leg. 

'A broken leg is not good but we've been through situations where we've had worse,' he said. 

Long Island Rail Road gave no explanation of the accident but told passengers to expect delays

Long Island Rail Road gave no explanation of the accident but told passengers to expect delays

One woman is believed to have suffered a broken leg, the most serious injury reported

One woman is believed to have suffered a broken leg, the most serious injury reported

Smoke filled the platform as commuters rushed away from the wreckage just after 8.30am

Smoke filled the platform as commuters rushed away from the wreckage just after 8.30am

Crowds gathered on the platform as the train was evacuated on Wednesday morning after the crash
Crowds gathered on the platform as the train was evacuated on Wednesday morning after the crash

Crowds gathered on the platform as the train was evacuated on Wednesday morning after the crash

It's not yet clear how serious the passengers' injuries are. Unharmed commuters made frantic phone calls after escaping the wreckage 

It's not yet clear how serious the passengers' injuries are. Unharmed commuters made frantic phone calls after escaping the wreckage 

Most of those injured had been standing at the doors waiting to disembark the train when it crashed suddenly, causing them to fall. 

'Basically what happened was they were standing, waiting to get off the train, the train has a sudden stop and they were not prepared for the sudden stop so they got knocked around, banged around; they hurt an arm or a leg. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters at the scene at around 10am 

Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters at the scene at around 10am 

'Most of the injured are people who just walked off and left the train. That's why the number (of those hurt) is hard to pin point.' 

Later he tweeted: 'The train was supposed to stop at a bumper and didn't, but glad to report there were no deaths; the most serious injury was a broken leg.' 

An investigation into why the train did not stop is underway. 

There was no immediate explanation from Long Island Rail Road other than its Twitter announcements that several other services had been disrupted. 

'Anticipate possible delays into and out of Atlantic Terminal this morning due to an incident at the terminal.' 

The Fire Department of New York confirmed all of the passengers' injuries were non life threatening. 

'76 non life-threatening injuries reported at scene of LIRR train derailment, Atlantic Terminal Brooklyn,' it said.  

Many of the passengers were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Others were treated by paramedics who had set up makeshift triage centers at the scene 

Many of the passengers were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Others were treated by paramedics who had set up makeshift triage centers at the scene 

The incident led crowds to gather on the platform as police and other first responders worked 

The incident led crowds to gather on the platform as police and other first responders worked 

Chaotic aftermath outside LIRR derailment in Brooklyn
The Fire Department shared photographs of the damage as they continued to work at the scene

The Fire Department shared photographs of the damage as they continued to work at the scene

Several roads surrounding the terminal were closed as fire trucks and ambulances flocked to help the injured. 

NYPD warned of delays as a result of the incident. 

'Expect traffic delays in the area of the Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal due to a LIRR train derailment. 

'More info to follow when available,' it said. 

Aerial photographs showed traffic chaos around the terminal immediately after the crash. 

Several fire trucks were lined up outside as crowds of emergency workers in fluorescent vests worked immediately outside. 

It is the second LIRR crash since October when 29 people were injured in an evening collision with a work train. 

Earlier in the year, a New Jersey transit commuter train plowed into Hoboken station at rush hour. 

A young mother was killed in the crash.  

Aerial photographs showed traffic chaos around the terminal immediately after the crash

Aerial photographs showed traffic chaos around the terminal immediately after the crash

Dozens injured after NYC commuter train derails

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