(UPDATE) Family of loved ones await news in area hospitals after fatal Metro-North train derailment
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Family members anxiously waited for news after four died and dozens were were injured in a train derailment in the Bronx Sunday morning.
The husband of an assistant conductor on the fatal Metro-North train derailment said his wife was getting a CAT scan after the incident.
Maria Herbert has had the job for 14 years, according to her husband, William Herbet.
“You can’t just be a regular dummy on the street to have that job,” William said at New York-Presbyterian Hospital where his wife was being treated for head, shoulder and rib injuries.
The southbound Metro-North train left Poughkeepsie, N.Y., around 5:54 a.m. before derailing 100 yards from the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:30 in the Bronx, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The derailment is under investigation, officials said.
A law enforcement source said 70 people were injured during the crash, including 11 who were critically injured.
Two critically injured and 10 stable passengers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, according to Dr. Ernest Patti, the facility’s senior attending physical of emergency medicine.
“Everyone is viable. [The] injuries consistent with what you’d expect when a car rolls over,” Patti said, noting that the injuries were also consistent with an incident when no seat belts are worn. “Broken bones, bumps, bruises, broken ribs.”
The fire department said injured passengers were also taken to Montefiore Medical Center, Jacobi Medical Center, Lincoln Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital, in addition to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where Maria, the assistant conductor, was being treated.
Maria picks up the train from Poughkeepsie, according to her husband. They live in Newburgh, N.Y.
After the incident, William spoke with his wife on the phone, which had to be held up for her by a police officer.
She was among 17 passengers brought to Presbyterian Hospital, according to officials. Four were brought in critical condition.
Passenger Sherelle Coor, 19, was coming home after visiting a friend when the train derailed. She was being treated for cuts and a concussion at the hospital, according to her cousin Lisa Delgado.
Coor, a University of Delaware student, was at the hospital with her parents, who are from the Bronx.
“She’s hanging in there — banged up — but she’s doing good,” Delgado said. “They still haven’t told us if she’s staying the night.”
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