Derailed US train at three times the speed limit

A New York commuter train that derailed on Sunday, killing four people, was travelling at nearly three times faster than the speed limit, officials said.

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Firefighters work to pull survivors from train wreckage

Firefighters have been working to help pull people from the wreckage of the commuter train which derailed at 7:20am local time (12:20pm UK time).

Man taken away on stretcher at the site of Metro-North train derailment in New York City. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Woman taken to an ambulance at thesite of Metro-North train derailment in New York City. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer

At least one rail car from the derailed commuter train is lying near the Hudson River, with rescue workers searching for survivors along the shoreline and waterway.

Emergency workers examine the site of a Metro-North train in New York City. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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130 firefighters on the scene of NY train crash

130 firefighters are attending the scene. Credit: NBC News

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said four or five carriages on the seven-carriages derailed close to the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, New York.

None of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers, which are adjacent.

Four of five of the cars derailed close to the Hudson and Harlem rivers. Credit: NBC News

Early reports indicate that four people have died and a further 48 are injured. This figure is expected to change.

Firefighters examine the side of the train. Credit: NBC News
The Metro-North train on its side. Credit: NBC News

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Reports of multiple injuries after train derails

A major emergency response is underway in the Bronx area of New York City after a train derailed near Spuyten Duyvil station, which is near the Harlem River, NBC News reports.

Local media said five cars have derailed at that there were "multiple injuries."

A witness quoted by AP news agency, Rebecca Schwartz, said some of the carriages of the Metro-North train had been submerged in water, but this was unclear from pictures of the scence.

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