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Published On: Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013

Death toll in train derailment in Bronx still at 4, rider says ‘gravel came flying’ in their faces

A commuter train rounding a riverside curve in New York derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60. Reportedly some riders were thrown from toppling cars.

Authorities are now investigating whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role.

photo screenshot CNN video coverage

photo screenshot CNN video coverage

All seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. The windows of the coaches broke out. Then “gravel came flying up in our faces,” said Amanda Swanson, age 26 to CNN.

“I just closed my eyes and kind of hoped to God that I was going to be able to call my mom with decent news.”

“Four people lost their lives today in the holiday season, right after Thanksgiving,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference, but officials say more victims could be discovered.

Three of the dead were thrown out of the train as it “came off the track and was twisting and turning,” New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told reporters.

MTA police identified the victims as  Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh, N.Y.; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, N.Y.; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose, N.Y.; and Ahn Kisook, 35, from the New York City borough of Queens.

More video coverage HERE

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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