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12 Injured, Four Hospitalized In Rye Train Derailment, MTA Says

MTA crews with heavy-duty equipment are on the scene of the derailment Thursday evening in Rye, N.Y., Metro-North said. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
The wheels on a number of the cars are off the tracks in a minor derailment on Metro-North's New Haven Line near Rye, N.Y. Photo Credit: MTA/Facebook
MTA chief Veronique 'Ronnie' Hakim tours the site of the Metro-North train that derailed in Rye, N.Y., on late Thursday afternoon. All passengers were safely moved off. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
Metro-North workers investigate the scene of a minor derailment Thursday afternoon in Rye. Photo Credit: MTA/Twitter
Rye Metro-North station Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Twelve passengers riding the New Haven Line were injured in Thursday's train derailment near the Rye Metro-North station that sent four to the hospital, an MTA spokesperson said on Friday.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the MTA confirmed that a westbound train traveling in a slow-speed zone experienced a derailment just east of the Rye station, causing five cars of the 12-car train to come off the tracks. None of the affected cars toppled onto its side.

The MTA said that 12 people reported injuries, including a Metro-North conductor. Four were transported to a local hospital for treatment on non life-threatening injuries and eight others refused medical attention. No injuries were initially reported after the incident. A WNBC report cites 13 injuries.

According to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the train was traveling too quickly in the zone at the time of the derailment. The MTA spokesperson did not comment.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation. Less than two hours after the reported derailment in Rye, Metro-North had completed the transfer of passengers to another train. On Friday morning, commuters on the New Haven line experienced 10 to 15-minute delays, according to the MTA.

For Daily Voice's original report on the derailment, click here.

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