Commuter Train Derails East of NYC, Injuring 33

Four of the injuries are "serious," officials said.

ByABC News
October 9, 2016, 2:00 AM

— -- A Long Island Rail Road train carrying approximately 600 passengers derailed Saturday night east of New York City, leaving 33 people injured and of those, four seriously injured, officials said this morning.

The eastbound commuter train derailed east of New Hyde Park, around 9:10 p.m., officials said.

"When you look at the actual damage to the situation, the silver lining is we are fortunate that more people weren't seriously hurt," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference this morning, adding that the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate into the cause of the incident.

Nassau County Police said the injured were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, and Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

Governor Cuomo said in a statement last night, "At approximately 9:10 p.m. this evening, a train on the Long Island Rail Road was heading eastbound on the mainline when the first three cars of a 12 car train derailed about one half mile east of the New Hyde Park Station," he said.

Cuomo continued, "Approximately 600 passengers were on board at the time of tonight's incident. Thankfully, early reports indicate that injuries are minimal. At this time, 11 people have sustained injuries, none of which are considered to be serious."

Nassau County Police said it received a call around 9 p.m. that a car or truck had slammed into a train and caused two cars of the train to derail near the Merillon Avenue.

Train service in both directions has been suspended, LIRR said.

ABC News' Darren Reynolds, Aaron Katersky, Dominick Proto and Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.