Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
A transit train went through a bumper block and came off the track at a New York station during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, the city’s fire department said.
The train had come to the end of the line at the Atlantic Terminal Station in Brooklyn, officials said, but crashed into a small room just beyond the end of the track. It is unclear how fast the train was going.
At least 103 people suffered injuries, the fire department said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the person with the most significant injury was a woman with a possible broken leg.
Cuomo described it as a “relatively minor” accident and said it “wasn’t really a derailment.”
Two cars came off the track, and a piece of the rail pierced the bottom of one of those cars, said Dan Donoghue, a deputy assistant chief.
“It could have been quite a bit worse without a doubt,” Donoghue said. “We were fortunate. I don’t believe there was anyone in the room (that was struck).”
He estimated that 600 to 700 people were on the train.
The cause of the incident, on Long Island Rail Road Track 6, was not immediately clear. Fire officials deferred additional questions to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
MTA President Thomas Prendergast said there was some damage at the station but said everything should be running smoothly by afternoon rush hour.
One witness, who only wanted to be identified as Sophie, saw the aftermath of the incident from the platform. She posted a photo of a mangled train door with a window busted.
“I went onto the platform because the train I needed to board was on the track on the other side of the platform,” Sophie said.
“While on my train, I saw teams of firefighters and police rushing in to help. A few people were still on the train, and others who had gotten off were a little bruised but emotionally shaken,” she said. “A few people were crying and calling their loved ones. Dozens were trying to take photos.”
A man told CNN affiliate WCBS-TV he thought the train was going its regular speed but didn’t stop.
“People who were standing up to exit the train all toppled on top of each other,” said the man, identified only as David.
Other witnesses told CNN affiliates they thought the train was going too fast.
“Typically, when you’re coming into Atlantic Terminal, the train goes very slow. Today, I was saying to myself as we were coming in, it was going faster than usual,” an unidentified witness told WABC-TV. “And before you knew it, the impact and people were, like, flying. …”
A woman named Amanda told WCBS: “It was total chaos, there was smoke on the train and we were sitting there in shock.”
Federal Railroad Administration investigators are en route to the Brooklyn station, according to an agency spokesman.
In October, a Long Island Rail Road train derailment left 33 people injured. The first three carriages of the 12-car train derailed about half a mile east of the New Hyde Park station.
In that case, the train derailed after colliding with part of a work train running in the same direction on an adjacent track, Prendergast said.
A piece of equipment from the work train ended up “violating the clearance envelope of the other track,” he said.
A month earlier, a New Jersey Transit train plowed into a major station in Hoboken during the morning commute, killing at least one person and injuring more than 100 others. The cause of the crash remains under federal investigation.
A North Carolina high school is stunned after an 8-second cell phone video showed a school resource officer hoisting a girl into the air and body slamming her onto the floor.
The student, 15-year-old Jasmine Darwin, suffered a concussion, her mother Desiree Harrison told CNN affiliate WRAL
“That’s not how you handle a child,” Harrison said. “She’s only 100 pounds. He could’ve killed her.”
The video does not show what led up to the body slam at Rolesville High School’s cafeteria Tuesday morning, though police later said the officer was responding to two female students fighting.
“I, like many of you, am deeply concerned about what I saw in the video,” principal Dhedra Lassiter said.
The school resource officer, Ruben De Los Santos, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, the town of Rolesville said in a statement.
CNN has not been able to reach the officer for comment. Michelle Archer, president of the state’s Association of School Resource Officers, told CNN she was unaware of the incident and could not comment on it.
There is no standardized training program or manual for the state’s school resource officers, Archer said. She added that there is a training course offered through the North Carolina Justice Academy, but not every school resource officer is required to attend.
“We ask the community and all members involved to be patient while we investigate this matter,” Rolesville police Chief Bobby W. Langston II said Tuesday night, according to WRAL. He said no further information will be released until the investigation is completed.
The Rolesville Police Department has also asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct a third-party review of the incident, the town’s statement said.
Meanwhile, Jasmine said she’s still stunned by the officer’s use of force.
“Every time I look at it, it’s embarrassing,” Jasmine told WRAL. “I didn’t even realize it happened. Like, I was in shock.”
Harrison said she’s also in disbelief.
“When I’m looking at this video, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this cannot be happening to my child.'”
On December 28, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle accident off of Highway 421 near Gulf, NC. The driver, Justus Allred, 38, of 80 Irene Lane, Staley, was seen removing items from the vehicle and transporting them into some nearby woods. Deputies and troopers were able to recover these items from the wood line and seized the following: a stolen Ruger Mini 14 .223-caliber rifle, Ruger SR9c 9mm handgun, approximately 548 grams of Methamphetamine, 105 grams of Marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $3,823 in cash, and 8 cell phones.
Allred also consented to a search of his personal residence which resulted in the recovery of an ATV reported stolen from Randolph County as well as assorted work equipment.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office has charged Allred with: trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/place/dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and chop shop activity by theft/fraud.
Allred was given a total bond of $280,000 and is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on January 23, 2017.