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Four Dead And Dozens Injured In Train Derailment In The Bronx

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Four people are dead and more than 60 people injured after a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx early on Sunday, according the the FDNY.

The southbound train derailed at about 7:20 a.m. in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx.

The FDNY says all seven cars of the train derailed between the Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil stations on the Metro-North’s Hudson line.

According to the FDNY, four people are dead, 11 people are suffering critical injuries, six are serious but not life-threatening and 46 have minor injuries. Victims have been transported to St. Barnabus Hospital, Jacobi Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center.

Marjorie Anders of the MTA said all passengers are off the derailed train. There is no exact number of passengers, but Anders estimates about 150.

The MTA has suspended service on the Hudson line between Croton Harmon and Grand Central. The MTA's website warns Hudson Line customers to expect "indefinite delays."

The train originated in Poughkeepsie and was headed to Grand Central. It was not scheduled to stop at the Spuyten Duyvil station.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke with reporters at the scene.

“Four people lost their lives today in the holiday season, right after Thanksgiving, and they are in our thoughts and prayers," Cuomo said.

According to Cuomo, the train operator is alive and is being treated for injuries. The operator is talking with officials.

The National Transportation Safety Board is on its way to the site of the derailment to conduct an investigation into the cause.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said there are divers in the Hudson River because there is a concern that passengers may have been ejected into the water.

Cuomo said in an interview with NY1 on Sunday afternoon that the site of the crash is a "difficult area" of the track because trains have to slow down on a tight curve from 70 to 30 m.p.h.

For anyone looking for information on family members on the train, call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) from outside New York City. If using a TTY or Text Telephone, call 212-504-4115.

John F. Kennedy High School at 99 Terrace View Avenue in the Bronx has been established as a family center. Family members who are seeking information can call 718-817-7444.

Hudson Line Train Service from Tarrytown to Grand Central Terminal is suspended due to the derailment. Bus shuttle service will be provided between White Plains and Tarrytown for anyone who needs to travel in and out of Grand Central. Customers at stations between Irvington and Yankees Stadium are urged to use the Harlem Line, subway or bus service. Hudson Line tickets will be cross-honored for these services.

Many elected officials released statements following the derailment.

"While we learn more about the specifics of what exactly happened this morning, my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of all 1.4 million Bronx residents, are with the victims and their families as they deal with this terrible tragedy," reads Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s statement.

A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama has been briefed on the incident.

"[President Obama's] thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this incident. The White House will continue to stay in contact with the federal, state and local partners as they respond to this event," reads a statement from a White House official.

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