Survivor of Metro-North derailment says he thought he was having a ‘nightmare’ as train veered off tracks

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WINDSOR, N.Y. (PIX11) – Jack Babcock, of Windsor, has a sprained knee and bruised ribs. He is one of more than 60 passengers injuried when a Metro-North train took a fatal turn Sunday in the Bronx, derailing and killing four people.

Some passengers have broken bones, cuts bruises or are more serious like Samuel Rivera. Rivera is an MTA employee from Ossining, who has a spinal injury.

Dr. Listman at St Barnabas Hospital is treating Rivera. Listman said, “He was in operating we had to take pressure off of his spine, now we are doing more testing.”

Babcock, said, “I thank God, I cheated death, I don’t know but what if I was in that first car?  I always ride in the first car.”

Many passengers have been treated and released from area hospitals but at least seven are in the ICU at St. Barnabas, at least two are still in critical at New York Presbyterian.

As far as the emotional trauma, or whether or not Babcock would get on an MTA train again?

Babcock said, “I would. Would I go to sleep or relax? Maybe not.”


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