At 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2016, a passenger train derailed at Merrillon Avenue Station, near New Hyde Park, N.Y. It was a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train.
The LIRR confirmed the tragedy on Twitter. The train reportedly had three cars derailed when it hit another train that was sitting on the tracks.
The MTA police reported that four people were injured in the accident. The worst of the reported injuries is a broken leg. The train service is currently suspended between Jamaica and Hicksville.
Emergency personnel are on the scene and tending to the needs of those involved in the accident.
Update: The Nassau County Police Department reported there were 15-20 people injured when the train derailed. The 12-car train was carrying 600 passengers when the first three cars went off the track.
The Public Slate will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Written by Jeanette Smith
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