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Commuter train derails east of New York City

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    A Long Island Railroad train derailed near New Hyde Park, N.Y., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The commuter train derailed east of New York City after it hit a work train on the tracks.

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. >> A commuter train has derailed east of New York City after it hit a work train on the tracks.

A spokesman for the Long Island Rail Road says the eastbound train derailed east of New Hyde Park just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

A spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 11 people have been taken to hospitals. He says none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The Democratic governor says about 600 people were on the train when it crashed.

LIRR spokesman Sal Arena says the first three cars of the 12-car train derailed. He says the work train caught fire after the crash.

Photos shared on social media show part of the train off the rails and tilted at an angle.

Train service has been suspended in both directions.

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  • Will our train ever have this situation where there is something on the tracks? What about that other recent train that crashed at a station after going twice its normal speed?

    • Any kind of mechanical problem with our elevated rail will certainly result in extreme delays across the entire system, given no alternative route to serve as a detour.

    • Tracks are elevated so there should not have the same kinds of trouble. Safety and maintenance are a must. Other than weather and other natural disaster reasons the Japanese railways system is probably the best maintained system. Their equipment goes through extensive tests and perfection is must with them. They probably operate the most efficient and safest system.

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