After a New York train, traveling from suburban Poughkeepsie to Manhattan, derailed in the Bronx area, future passengers are scared to put their trust in their railway systems. Four people have been declared dead, with 67 injured, and 11 left hospitalized in a critical condition. Three of the people killed were found near the derailed carriages, and one was still inside.
As the train went round a bend nearing the station, it came completely off the tracks and one carriage even came close to the water nearby. It set off a domino effect, where cars toppled backwards off the track. Although none actually went in the water, there were many near the edge.
Witnesses have stated that the train was traveling at a much faster speed than usual. Reports have stated that “the black box will be able to tell how fast the train was traveling.” As soon as this information has been found out, further actions can be taken.
At least 100 firefighters were rushed to the scene to free the passengers that were trapped in carriages and those injured were rushed to hospital. Witnesses have stated there was much chaos, with some passengers being carried away on stretchers wearing neck braces.
All passengers have reportedly been accounted for, after New York police spent hours searching the surrounding water for survivors. The train operator told law enforcement that he had tried to brake, but that the train had not slowed down.
The curve in relation to the crash is renowned for being dangerous at high speeds. It has left many querying why the train was traveling at a greater speed than expected, especially as it was in a low-speed area, and whether they should put their trust in train drivers to follow guidelines.
The crash has emphasized concerns as there have already been two accidents this year regarding Metro-North, which the safety board are currently investigating. This is the second train crash to happen in six months, and has New York passengers scared to travel with Metro-North in the future.
On May 17, two Metro-North trains collided and left 73 passengers injured. Only 11 days later, a rail worker was struck by a train and killed. This has led people to doubt the dependability of railway services and think about alternate options of transport.
However, according to Eurostat statistics, a larger number of transport incidents happen on the road. They argue it is only because road accidents receive less media attention, that people are more inclined to overlook it as a type of travel that can be life-threatening.
Metro-North’s services have currently been suspended in both directions. Investigators at present are surveying factors that may have contributed to the crash, such as the train and track itself, signal systems, the train operators and speed.
After the New York train crashes, future passengers are scared to travel with Metro-North. With their history of accidents, which include deaths of not only passengers, but people working on the rails, the public is forced to question the safety of the train line. Investigations are underway so that actions can be taken to ensure this does not happen again.
By Melissa McDonald