33 injured in collision of New York trains

In this October 9, 2016 handout photo provided by the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, shows Governor Cuomo inspects damage to a Long Island Rail Road train that derailed and collided with a work train late October 8, along the mainline in New Hyde Park, New York. The LIRR train was heading eastbound on the mainline when the first three cars of a 12-car train derailed about one half mile east of the New Hyde Park Station. A New York commuter train derailed outside the city late Saturday, authorities said, without immediately confirming reports that dozens have minor injuries. "The 9:22PM train from Penn due Huntington at 10:28PM has been canceled due to a train derailment near New Hyde Park," the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) said on Twitter. According to the governor's office of the approximately 600 passengers on board at the time of the incident, 33 people sustained injuries, none of which were considered to be life-threatening. / AFP PHOTO / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Kevin P. COUGHLIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/ Kevin P. Coughlin" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS KEVIN P. COUGHLIN/AFP/Getty Images
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York inspected damage to a Long Island Rail Road train that derailed and collided with a work train in New Hyde Park, New York.

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Thirty-three people were injured, four seriously, when two Long Island Rail Road trains, one carrying about 600 people, sideswiped each other Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday.

The collision, of a maintenance train and a commuter train as they traveled eastbound, sheared chunks off the commuter train cars, several of which derailed just east of New Hyde Park station in Nassau County.

The accident trapped frightened passengers in the darkened cars for nearly an hour as rescue crews worked to free them.


“When you look at the actual damage of the situation, the silver lining is we’re fortunate that more people weren’t severely hurt,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference at the scene of the crash on Sunday.

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Behind him, three of the 12 commuter cars sat tipped at odd angles on the track, with deep gashes in the steel visible along the length of the train.

The cause of the collision, in which the maintenance train entered the track space of the commuter train, is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and is not yet known.