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At least 5 hurt when NJ Transit trail derails in NY Penn Station: FDNY

Posted: 9:22 AM, Apr 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-03 12:16:33-04

MANHATTAN — A New Jersey Transit train derailed at New York Penn Station Monday during the height of the morning rush in an incident that snarled rail service into and out of the major transit hub and results in multiple injuries, FDNY and transit officials said.

At least five people suffered minor injuries, with the worst of the injuries being to passengers' backs, FDNY Chief Roger Sakowich said.

The fire department received a call shortly after 9 a.m. New Jersey Transit said one of its trains derailed at New York Penn Station.

The train -- 10 cars plus a locomotive -- was pulling into the station when three middle cars derailed, Sakowich said. About 1,400 people on the train were evacuated.

Because of the way the cars derailed, the doors didn't line up and about 500 to 600 passengers were led down onto the tracks and into another car in order to evacuate, FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala said.

The cause of the derailment, which happened in the area where tracks 9 and 10 merge, is under investigation, Gala said. At least one of the train cars is missing a wheel.

Rail service on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley and Montclair-Boonton lines is suspended into and out of New York Penn Station, NJ Transit said. Midtown direct trains are being diverted to Hoboken.

Tickets are being cross-honored system-wide by NJ Transit bus, private carriers and PATH at Penn Station, Hoboken and 33rd Street.

As of 11:25 a.m., rail service remained suspended, NJ Transit said in a tweet.

It's the second time in about two weeks that a New Jersey Transit train derailed at NY Penn Station. On March 24, a "minor" derailment occurred during the height of the morning rush involving an Amtrak train, which scraped against a NJ Transit train shortly after it started to leave the station.

The March derailment was less "tedious" than Monday's, Gala said, explaining that it was easier to evacuate passengers in the previous incident.