2 N.Y. trains ‘side-swiped,’ causing derailment
NEWHYDEPARK, N.Y. — A 12-car commuter train and a work train performing track maintenance were traveling in the same direction when they “sideswiped” each other, causing the commuter train to derail and injuring 33 people, four seriously, state officials said Sunday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said initial reviews of the Saturday night accident indicate the yellow maintenance train entered the clearance space of the eastbound commuter train, causing it to derail and leaving “a splatter of yellow paint where the first collision occurred.”
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were to determine what exactly caused the accident, Cuomo said.
The derailment came shortly after a commuter train in New Jersey crashed into a terminal, killing one person and injuring more than 100.