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12 Injured, Four Hospitalized After Train Derailment, Metro-North Says

The wheels on a number of the cars are off the tracks in a minor derailment on Metro-North's New Haven Line near Rye, N.Y. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
MTA crews with heavy-duty equipment are on the scene of the derailment Thursday evening in Rye, N.Y., Metro-North said. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
MTA chief Veronique 'Ronnie' Hakim tours the site of the Metro-North train that derailed in Rye, N.Y., on late Thursday afternoon. All passengers were safely moved off. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
Metro-North workers investigate the scene of a minor derailment Thursday afternoon in Rye. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
Rye Metro-North station Photo Credit: Wikipedia

At least a dozen passengers were injured when a commuter train derailed Thursday near the Metro-North station in Rye, N.Y. — and four people were sent four to the hospital, an MTA spokesman said Friday.

But that information conflicted with earlier reports from Metro-North, including ones sent out on Twitter, that there were no injuries.

At 5:15 p.m. Thursday, a New Haven Line train headed toward Connecticut was traveling in a slow-speed zone when derailed just east of the Rye station, the MTA said. Five cars of the 12-car train went off the tracks.

The train cars remained upright but the wheels, came off the tracks, the MTA said.

A dozen people reported injuries, including a Metro-North conductor, the MTA said. Four people were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and eight others refused medical attention. No injuries were initially reported by authorities. An NBC Connecticut report cites 13 injuries.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said the train was traveling too quickly in the zone at the time of the derailment. The MTA did not comment on his statement.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into the derailment and for more high-tech equipment on Metro-North tracks.

“How many more speeding trains must derail before Metro-North implements Positive Train Control? It has been nearly a full decade since Congress first mandated this basic technology, and not a single Metro-North track is equipped today,” Blumenthal said. “A derailment with 13 reported injuries should never be considered ‘minor.’ Metro-North must explain how a train in a low-speed area jumped the tracks, injured passengers, and triggered delays throughout the rail system. The National Transportation Safety Board must immediately investigate to determine how this occurred and why Metro-North allowed it to happen.”

Metro-North trains were up and running for Friday's commute, with small delays reported between Greenwich and Rye and some platform changes .

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