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Update 12:37 am, Monday:

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal investigators say they're trying to determine whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role in the deadly derailment of a commuter train in New York City.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it will be examining the train's data recorders to find out what happened.

The Metro-North train came off the tracks Sunday morning as it was rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says two men and two women died.

Crews plan to bring in cranes during the night to right the overturned cars on the slight chance anyone might still be underneath.

The NTSB says investigators have not yet spoken to the train conductor, who was among the injured.

Meanwhile, thousands of people are bracing for a complicated Monday morning commute, with shuttle buses ferrying passengers to another line.

Officials say the accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North, and the first passenger death in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.

Meanwhile, Amtrak, whose trains run along the same rail line, has restored service between New York City and Albany, N.Y., but it says delays can be expected.

MTA identifies 4 people killed in NYC train crash

NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Transit Authority has identified the four people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed.

The MTA identified the victims Sunday as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh; 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring; 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose; and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.

Family members for Smith and Lovell didn't return messages seeking comment Sunday. Relatives for Ferrari and Kisook couldn't immediately be reached.

More than 60 others suffered injuries in the early morning crash.

Update: 5:57 pm, Sunday

Federal investigators say they'll allow the cars from a derailed New York commuter train to be turned upright to check for any other possible victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board held a briefing Sunday afternoon to discuss the Metro-North derailment earlier in the day that killed four people and injured more than 60.

The train was rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx when it came off the tracks.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says three men and one woman were killed. Authorities say three of the dead were found outside the train, and one was found inside.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the track didn't appear to be faulty, leaving speed as a possible culprit for the crash.

Officials say Sunday's accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North, and the first passenger death in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.

Amtrak trains from NYC to Albany back in service

Amtrak has restored service between New York City and Albany, N.Y., after a fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx but says delays can be expected.

Four people were killed and 63 were injured in the crash on Metro-North's Hudson line in New York City.

Amtrak service had been halted because its trains run along the same rail line. Amtrak said its Empire line trains would be going through the affected area at reduced speeds, so delays are likely.

Amtrak says service on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line between Boston and Washington was unaffected.

Metro-North says service on its New Haven line in Connecticut also wasn't affected.

The Connecticut rail service runs on a line separate from the Hudson line. It extends from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

Metro-North accident record has been improving

The number of Metro-North train accidents has improved during the past decade, but this year will have the first annual increase since 2010 to 2011.

According to a Federal Railroad Administration database, the number of train accidents peaked at 40 in 2005 but fell to 15 in 2010 and six in 2012.

Train accident injuries, however, are far higher this year than any in the past 10. Through August, 123 people were injured in Metro-North train accidents. Before this year, the highest number was seven in 2007.

Metro-North derailments peaked at seven in 2006, but dropped to five in 2011. There were three last year and three through August of this year.

Update 12:00 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a Metro-North passenger train derailment in New York City has left four people dead and 63 injured.

Cuomo spoke Sunday morning at the scene of the crash in the Bronx. He says authorities believe everyone at the site has been accounted for and that the National Transportation Safety Board is en route.

Cuomo says the train operator is among the injured.

The crash was reported at 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil station. The southbound Hudson Line train from Poughkeepsie was headed to Grand Central Terminal.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed about 100 yards north of the station on a curved section of the track. None of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers, which are adjacent to the tracks.

Update 11:00 a.m.

Amtrak has halted service between New York City and Albany, N.Y., after a fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx.

But Metro-North says service on its New Haven line in Connecticut is not affected by Sunday's derailment on its Hudson line in New York City. Four people were killed and 63 were injured in the crash.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole says the rail service is asking passengers to stand by for more information about when service will resume. Amtrak runs along the same rail line where several Metro-North cars derailed.

The Connecticut rail service runs on a line separate from the Hudson line. It extends from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal.

Amtrak says service on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line between Boston and Washington is also unaffected.

Update: 10:30 a.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a Metro-North passenger train derailment in New York City has left four people dead and 63 injured. 

Cuomo spoke Sunday morning at the scene of the crash in the Bronx. He says authorities believe everyone at the site has been accounted for and that the National Transportation Safety Board is en route.

Cuomo says the train operator is among the injured.

The crash was reported at 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil station. The southbound Hudson Line train from Poughkeepsie was headed to Grand Central Terminal.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed about 100 yards north of the station on a curved section of the track. None of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers, which are adjacent to the tracks.


Update: 10:00 a.m.
Authorities say a Metro-North passenger train derailment in New York City has caused multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders confirmed the fatalities in Sunday morning's crash in the Bronx but couldn't give a number. She says the big curve where the derailment occurred is in a slow speed area.

Anders says the black box should be able to tell how fast the train was traveling.

The crash happened near the Spuyten Duyvil station. The southbound Hudson Line train had left Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. and was due to arrive at 7:43 a.m. at Grand Central Terminal.

The MTA says four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed about 100 yards north of the station on a curved section of the track.

Update 9:00 a.m.
The Fire Department of New York says there are "multiple injuries" in a Metro-North passenger train derailment, but the extent of the injuries is unclear.

The FDNY says the train derailment in the Bronx was reported at 7:20 a.m. Sunday near the Spuyten Duyvil station. The fire department says 130 firefighters are on the scene.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says four or five cars on the seven-car train derailed about 100 yards north of the station on a curved section of the track. But the MTA says none of the cars entered the Hudson or Harlem rivers, which are adjacent.

The agency says the crash was reported by the engineer and it wasn't clear if any crew members are injured.

Update 8:45 a.m.

Police and witnesses say a Metro-North passenger train has derailed in New York City.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed Sunday morning near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. Photos taken of the accident scene show eight cars derailed.

It is not yet clear if anyone was injured.

Edwin Valero was in an apartment building above the accident scene when the train derailed. He says none of the cars went into the water where the Harlem River meets the Hudson, but at least one ended up a few feet from the edge.

Rebecca Schwartz was at a nearby park when the accident occurred. She says she didn't see or hear the derailment but looked across the water when she heard emergency vehicle sirens.



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