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Passenger train derails outside Manhattan, 29 people injured

A Long Island Rail Road passenger train derailed on Saturday near the community of New Hyde Park, N.Y., injuring dozens of people and forcing suspension of service on the key transit line in both directions, railroad and police officials said.

The passenger train struck a working train shortly after 9 p.m. ET

A Long Island Railroad train derailed near New Hyde Park, N.Y., Saturday, injuring between 50 to 100 people. (Sarah Qamar/Associated Press)

A Long Island Rail Road passenger train derailed on Saturday near the community of New Hyde Park, N.Y., injuring as many as 29 people and forcing suspension of service on the key transit line in both directions, railroad and police officials said.

Official details were not immediately available on the precise circumstances and severity of the derailment, which occurred at about 9 p.m. ET, when a passenger train struck a work train about 32 kilometres east of Manhattan, according to police.

It was not immediately clear if the work train was stationary at the time.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano told a news conference 29 people were treated in hospitals for non-life threatening injuries such as broken bones and concussions. Scores more were evaluated or treated at the scene for scrapes or bruises.
 
A statement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, citing "early reports," put the number of injuries at 11, "none of which are considered to be serious."
 
According to Cuomo, the 12-car train was heading eastbound on the railroad's main line carrying about 600 passengers when the first three cars derailed a 0.8 km east of the New Hyde Park Station.
 
Photos from the scene of the wreck posted on social media showed at least two of the derailed train cars leaning upright but askew and partly off the track.
 
People riding on the train told local media they saw sparks or fire outside the windows after the train, which had been moving at a normal speed, began shaking mildly, then more violently before striking something and coming to a halt.

The Long Island Rail Road's New Hyde Park station is just east of the border with the New York City borough of Queens. The rail line is one of the busiest commuter routes into America's largest city.

Saturday's accident on Long Island comes nine days after a passenger train crashed into a terminal in Hoboken, N.J., a major commuter route from New York City's western suburbs.

That crash killed one person and injured more than 100.