Over 100 people suffered non-life threatening injuries during rush hour this morning when a Long Island Rail Road train hit the bumper and came off the track at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. According to the mayor’s office, all of the injuries are minor, the most serious of the bunch being a broken leg.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s been heard from a lot at the start of 2017 due to the opening of the new Second Avenue Subway line, issued a statement quickly this morning, and will make an announcement—presumably mentioning the accident—this afternoon.
The @LIRR train was supposed to stop at a bumper & didn't, but glad to report there were no deaths; the most serious injury was a broken leg
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 4, 2017
The cause of the incident remains unknown, but according to Cuomo, there is no indication that the train was accelerating at a higher speed than usual. According to the FDNY, there are a reported 103 injuries:
103 injuries reported at scene of Atlantic Terminal LIRR train derailment, all non-life-threatening pic.twitter.com/t5p78cAFlU
— FDNY (@FDNY) January 4, 2017
An estimated 600 people were onboard the train when the incident occurred. Those injured are receiving care at Brooklyn Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and Kings County Hospital, while authorities are continuing to investigate the fallout and causes of the incident.
— amNewYork (@amNewYork) January 4, 2017
— Liz Dahlem (@lizdahlem) January 4, 2017
— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) January 4, 2017
According to Twitter, service out of Atlantic Terminal appears to be back on, or close to, schedule:
LIRR train service is currently operating on or close to schedule into and out of Atlantic Terminal.
— LIRR (@LIRR) January 4, 2017