2 N.Y. trains ‘side-swiped,’ caus­ing de­rail­ment

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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