Multiple injuries also reported; Four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed near Bronx borough.
At least four people died and 63 were injured, including 11 critically, in a train derailment in New York City, the New York Fire Deparment reported.
The Metro-North passenger train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, police say. The fire department says 130 firefighters are on the scene.
Four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed about 100 yards (90 meters) north of the station on a curved section of the track, said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But none of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers, which are adjacent, the MTA added.
The train was about half full at the time of the crash, with about 150 passengers, the MTA said.
“On a workday, fully occupied, it would have been a tremendous disaster,” New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Joseph Cassano told reporters at the scene.
At least one rail car was lying toppled near the edge of a river and police and other rescue workers were searching for survivors along the shoreline.
New York Police Department divers were seen in the water near the scene of the accident, and dozens of firefighters were on the scene helping pull people from the wreckage. None of the passengers were in the water, according to Marjorie Anders of Metro-North.
Edwin Valero was in an apartment building above the accident scene when the train derailed. He says none of the cars went into a nearby body of water, but at least one ended up a few feet from the edge.
Rebecca Schwartz was at a nearby park when the accident occurred. She says she didn’t see or hear the derailment but looked across the water when she heard emergency vehicle sirens. She says numerous emergency vehicles have responded to the scene.