How to avoid ‘gravy train’ train crashes
A train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed in the Bronx on Saturday, killing two people and injuring more than 300 others.
More than 60 other people were taken to hospitals, including three children.
The crash happened on the westbound No. 6 New York Penn Station platform just after 1pm local time.
The train, carrying around 300 people, was heading toward the city from the Bronx.
The derailment occurred on the southbound No 3 Penn Station track, where about 80 people were sitting.
The trains cars were not involved in the crash.
The accident occurred just minutes after the station was shut down due to the derailment.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that a train carrying about 300 people was traveling at speed and did not follow the posted speed limit when it went off the tracks.
It is still unclear how fast the train was going when it veered off the track, but the NTSB said the train went off track and crashed into a wall at the end of the platform.
The NTSB is investigating the cause of the accident.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the crash was “a tragic reminder of the dangers of the train system and the risks of traveling by rail in New York.”
The Associated Press reported that the accident occurred at a station in the western Bronx that serves as a hub for commuters on the subway and buses, and that it happened after a “gravys train” had been used to carry about 350 people from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the eastern tip of Manhattan.
The subway system is operating on a one-way schedule from the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square, which is the city’s main tourist attraction.