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Commuter train derails near New York

Published 09/10/2016

A commuter train derailed east of New York
A commuter train derailed east of New York

A commuter train has derailed east of New York city after it hit a work train on the tracks.

The eastbound train derailed east of New Hyde Park just after 9pm on Saturday, according to a spokesman for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).

A spokesman for New York governor Andrew Cuomo said 11 people have been taken to hospital. He said none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The Democratic governor said about 600 people were on the train when it crashed.

LIRR spokesman Sal Arena said the first three cars of the 12-car train derailed. He said the work train caught fire after the crash.

Photos shared on social media show part of the train off the rails and tilted at an angle.

Train services were suspended in both directions.

AP

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