New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Joseph Cassano has said if the New York commuter train had derailed on a workday and was at full occupancy, the result would have a been "tremendous disaster".
New York State's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the train was about half full, with approximately 150 passengers on board at the time of the crash.
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