Blackout keeps New Rochelle firefighters busy
A diesel-powered locomotive on its way to help a stranded passenger train off the tracks Friday struck the train, causing it to derail. There were no passengers aboard the trains, but there were a number of Metro-North employees aboard. Officials say 11 of those workers were hurt, some suffering broken bones. None of the injuries were life threatening. The employees who needed medical attention were taken to United Hospital in Port Chester and the Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. The MTA and state police are investigating the crash. Officials say because of the blackout, no trains are currently running, making clean-up a little easier. About the same time the train derailed around 3:45 a.m., New Rochelle firefighters responded to a house fire on Columbus Avenue. According to the New Rochelle fire chief, burning candles that were lit during the blackout started the fire. He said the residents gathered with the candles in the basement, which was cooler than the rest of the house. Materials caught fire and the home was completely destroyed. Several people there were shaken up and treated for minor injuries.
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