New York: (By Shoukat Zardari) The front two cars of Long Island Rail Road train went off the track after striking bumping block at Atlantic terminal around 8:20 am local time on Wednesday which injured more than 100 commuters.
Alberto, 33, who was also commuting the same train said, “we stood up as we normally do before reaching the station and suddenly we were all jolted by a heavy shock, then there were cries all over in the car”
Most of the injuries occurred when the train, which was traveling from Far Rockaway, Queens, came to an abrupt stop after crashing into the bumping block at the end of the track, said Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the Long Island Rail Road.
Mr. Prendergast said the train’s operator was responsible for stopping the train inside the station and that there were no other mechanisms on the train to prevent it from hitting the block at that point. He said that he did not know whether the train had been fitted with a camera, and that the train’s operator was being interviewed.
“What happened with the operator, we don’t know,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who toured the scene.
Most of the passengers, who numbered between 600 and 700, were able to walk off the train. Officials said 106 people had been taken to hospitals, including Brooklyn Hospital Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and Kings County Hospital Center.