Another commuter train accident has occurred in the New York City metropolitan area. According to officials, around 8:30 am EST, a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. Early reports indicate that at least 103 people were hurt, although the most serious injury thus far reported is a broken leg.
Officials from the New York Fire Department, who responded to the crash, said that one of the rails on which the train was traveling actually broke through the bottom of the train. State officials say the train was traveling at a fairly low rate of speed and simply failed to stop at the terminal. At least one witness, however, told reporters that the train was going at a higher than normal rate of speed just before the crash.
There were believed to be about 600 people on board when the accident occurred. Passengers told officials they heard the sound of the train hitting the bumping block and were immediately thrown to the ground and on top of each other.
At this point, officials have no information on what caused the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration have initiated an investigation.
The crash comes just three months after the deadly collision in the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, where a bystander was killed and a significant part of the terminal demolished. State and federal officials say this accident was far less serious than the September crash!