Train derailment near Merillon Avenue station on Long Island
PUBLISHED Sat, October 08, 2016 - 10:09pm EDT
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At least 29 people have been injured after a commuter train carrying more than 600 people partially derailed in the village of Garden City on Long Island, officials in New York say. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. (more)
The accident happened at about 9 p.m. ET on Saturday when a Long Island Rail Road train apparently hit something and partially derailed near the Merillon Avenue station in Garden City. A large number of emergency services responded to the scene.
Photos and videos from the scene showed multiple train carriages that were damaged, but most appeared to be relatively intact. Three of 12 train carriages derailed from the track, said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"Approximately 600 passengers were on board at the time of tonight's incident. Thankfully, early reports indicate that injuries are minimal," the governor said in a statement. He said at least 29 people had been treated for injuries, including 11 people who were taken to area hospitals.
Authorities at the scene, who were prepared to treat several dozen people, said they expect the number of injured to increase, but they added that none of the injuries were life-threatening. Injuries include broken bones, cuts and concussions.
Other details were not immediately available.
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