3 of 4 people killed in Metro-North train derailment were from Hudson Valley
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THE BRONX - MTA officials have identified the four people who were killed this morning when a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, and three of them were from the Hudson Valley area.
The victims have been identified as James Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; Donna Smith, 54, of Newburgh; and Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens. Authorities say more than 60 other people were injured when the train derailed.
The Metro-North train toppled from the track on a bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet, coming to rest at the water's edge. A chain of toppled cars trailed off the track just inches from the water.
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The train was rounding a riverside curve near the Spuyten Duyvil station when it derailed.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene for seven to 10 days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the site will be handed over to the MTA for repairs following the NTSB’s investigation. The MTA will provide updates periodically on the status of repairs and the resumption of train service.
Cuomo says the track didn't appear to be faulty, leaving speed as a possible culprit for the crash.
An estimated 100 to 150 passengers were on the early morning train from suburban Poughkeepsie to Manhattan. Some were jolted awake by screams and the frightening sensation of their compartment rolling over. Federal investigators say the toppled cars from the derailed train will be turned upright to check for any other possible victims.
Officials say Sunday's accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North, and it marks the first passenger death in an accident in its nearly 31-year history.
People with questions about passengers should call 1-800-METRO-INFO.
AP wires contributed to this report.