Dozens Injured In LIRR Train Accident

Posted January 05, 2017

On Wednesday, more than a dozen people in NY were injured in a LIRR train derailment at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal on Flatbush Avenue.

NY firefighters said so far, they know of 76 people who were hurt, but the injuries were non-life-threatening. The Times quotes Cuomo as saying that the train in the Hoboken crash "was coming in much faster, did much more damage, hurt many more people".

A spokesman for the New York Police Department said authorities were on the scene. The train from Far Rockaway hit and then went over the bumper at the end of Track 6 at about 8:20 a.m.

No delays are expected at the terminal this afternoon because there are five other tracks, Cuomo said.

About two weeks later, in October, a Long Island Railroad train derailed near New Hyde Park after it sideswiped a work train traveling in the same direction.

Another witness said the aftermath was "total pandemonium". The impact bent the train's doors and smashed windows. MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said it is too early to tell what exactly caused the wreck.

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This footage shows the scene at the station in the aftermath of the derailment.

The train operator was supposed to come to a stop at a safety block at the end of the line, but the train didn't stop and hit a wall, according to Cuomo and the FDNY.

March 2004: In what an LIRR spokesman called a "freak accident", a runaway train became unhinged from the train cars it was attached to and rolled down the track, plowing into cars and seriously injuring four people.

Engineer Thomas Gallagher, who was later diagnosed with sleep apnea, told investigators he had no memory of the train speeding up.

The NTSB has also found sleep apnea likely played a role in several freight crashes, including a 2011 collision in Iowa and a 2013 accident in Missouri.