Passenger train slams into another engine on the tracks leaving 29 people injured in the THIRD New York rail accident in just two weeks
- Eastbound Long Island train from New York crashed at around 9pm
- It slammed into a work train, causing it to derail and the other to catch fire
- Around 600 people are thought to have been on board at the time
- Eleven people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
- 29 people in total received medical attention at the scene on Saturday
A Long Island passenger train carrying hundreds of people derailed after crashing in to another on Saturday night in the third New York rail accident in two weeks.
Eleven people were taken to hospital after the eastbound train slammed in to a work train near New Hyde Park, around 20 miles east of Manhattan, shortly after 9pm.
Another 18 received medical attention at the scene but were not seriously hurt.
It's not clear whether the work train was moving or stationary at the time. Reports claimed it caught fire after the impact.
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Investigation: Emergency responders work on the Long Island Rail Road train that derailed near Hyde Park
Emergency responders work near a train that sits derailed near the community of New Hyde Park on Long Island in New York
A Long Island passenger train carrying 600 people crashed into another near New Hyde Park at 9pm on Saturday, causing the first three carriages of the first train to derail
Emergency workers remained at the scene late on Saturday night. No one was seriously injured
The first three carriages of the train were derailed. Above, one section of a carriage sits mangled on the track
It comes days after a train derailed in the Bronx causing widespread Amtrak delays.
Earlier this month a New Jersey Transit train smashed into Hoboken station, killing a young mother on board.
Long Island Rail Road spokesman Sal Arena said the work train caught fire after being crashed into but no one was seriously hurt.
Nassau County Police confirmed between 15 and 20 people had been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
NBC New York later reported the number of people injured as 29.
It comes nine days after a New Jersey commuter train slammed into Hoboken station, injuring more than 100 people and killing one.
Fabiola Bittar de Kroon died in the accident.
It's not yet clear what caused Saturday night's crash. The Metropolitan Transport Association (MTA), which controls the stretch of track, will carry out an investigation, a Nassau County Police Spokesman said on Saturday night.
The front panel of one carriage swung on its hinges as emergency services worked at the scene
It's not yet known what caused the crash on Saturday night. MTA is investigating
Eleven people were taken to hospital and another 18 were treated for injuries at the scene
The passenger train is thought to have crashed into another on the tracks, derailing its front three carriages
Long Island Rail Road was not available to confirm details of the crash.
It uploaded a statement to its website to announce services running in both directions would be canceled.
'LIRR train service is suspended in both directions on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay Branches due to a train derailment near New Hyde Park,' it said.'
Unharmed passengers shared videos from inside their carriage on social media as they waited to be evacuated.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said an investigation was underway.
Around 20 people were injured in the crash but none are in a life-threatening condition
Emergency services flocked to the scene to evacuate passengers to a nearby village hall
Long Island Rail Road suspended services to Ronkonoma, Oyster Bay and Port Jefferson
A man is helped off the train by firefighters shortly after the accident. None of those injured are in a life-threatening condition
Passengers were shuttled to New Hyde Park Village Hall to be collected by loved-ones
Long Island Rail Road made the first mention of the derailment in a tweet announcing other service disruptions
Unharmed passengers patiently remained in their seats until being evacuated
Two carriages sit askew on the rack after the crash, with the first three derailed
'At approximately 9:10 p.m. this evening, a train on the Long Island Rail Road 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.
'Approximately 600 passengers were on board at the time of tonight's incident. Thankfully, early reports indicate that injuries are minimal.
'At this time, 11 people have sustained injuries, none of which are considered to be serious.
'Staff from the MTA and the LIRR are on the scene and will work around the clock to determine the cause of this derailment and restore service as quickly as possible.
'We will continue to provide the public with additional information as it becomes available,' he said in a statement.
Uninjured passengers were taken to the New Hyde Park Village Hall.
Damage done to the Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey after a commuter train crash is seen on October 1
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