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FDNY handling derailment of LIRR train with at least 76 hurt

05 January 2017

According to the New York City Fire Department, of the 103 people with reported injuries none of them has life threatening wounds.

"This is minor compared to what happened in Hoboken", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.

"The question is why didn't the train operator stop before the bumping block", Cuomo said.

Bridge said she has a very bad headache and feels nauseous after smacking her head into the seat in front of her. "We were fortunate. I don't believe there was anyone in the room (that was struck)". About 24 people had minor injuries following the crash.

The last Long Island Rail Road accident was in October about 20 miles outside of Manhattan at the New Hyde Park station.

"When we got here a lot of people had fallen because the train actually went through the final bumper and went through a small room in the area at the end of the track", Donoghue told NBC New York.

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"All I heard was bang - that's it", she said, as reported by Reuters. "A few people were crying and calling their loved ones".

A man told CNN affiliate WCBS-TV he thought the train was going its regular speed but didn't stop.

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". "But, you know, hopefully everything is fine, pray to god that everything is fine". The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are part of that probe.

One woman riding the train told news reporters outside the station that the sudden impact of the derailment caused havoc inside her rail auto.

The first three carriages of the 12-car train derailed about half a mile east of the New Hyde Park station.

March 2004: In what an LIRR spokesman called a "freak accident", a runaway train became unhinged from the train cars it was attached to and rolled down the track, plowing into cars and seriously injuring four people. The crash is drawing comparisons to September's train crash in the nearby Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, which killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

FDNY handling derailment of LIRR train with at least 76 hurt