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33 injured after work train ‘violates the space’ of LIRR passenger train

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NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. — 33 people were injured Saturday night when an LIRR train derailed near New Hyde Park, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference Sunday.

The collision happened when the passenger train collided with a work train which officials said "violated the clearance" of the passenger train track.

Seven workers and 26 passengers were injured. Four of those injuries are serious, Cuomo said.

One person has broken bones and underwent surgery yesterday.

Officials said the first three cars of a 12-car train derailed around 9:10 p.m. Saturday.

The train collided with a work train that is used for track maintenance, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said. Both were moving in the same direction and it was a "side-swiping type collision," he said.

Cuomo said approximately 600 passengers were aboard the train when it derailed.

"Frankly, we didn't lose any life, [that's] something to be thankful for," Cuomo said.

Officials aim to have at least one track available for Monday's morning commute. Cuomo said agencies will work to make Monday and Tuesday commutes as smooth as possible.

As of Sunday, only limited service is available for the Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay LIRR branches. Customers are urged to use the Babylon, Hempstead and Montauk branches according to the MTA.

The double track system allows for more flexibility for running both passenger and work trains, Cuomo explained.

NTSB will investigate to figure out how the work train flew off the track and collided with the passenger train.