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sidney to dallas, which covers 8,578 miles. johannesburg to atlanta was a close second at 8,439 miles. and that trip would take you a longer amount of time at roughly 17 hours. thanks to some helpful tale winds, sidney to dallas is a mere 15.5 hours. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. good morning from washington. i'm joe johns. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. we begin this hour with breaking news. at least four people are dead after a commuter train goes off the tracks in new york city. we're also following the outpouring of grief in hollywood and beyond after a fiery car crash claims the life of "fast and furious" actor paul walker. "reliable sources" will return next sunday as new host cnn's senior media correspondent brian
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stelter. let's beginning in new york where emergency crews are on the scene of a deadly commuter crash. a number of cars went off the tracks near the spuyten duyvil station. >> i just heard a screeching noise, you know. i happened to be by the window. i'm on top of the hill. i heard a screeching noise. and then within seconds the ambulance and fire trucks started coming past my window. i knew something big happened. there had to be 50 or 60 trucks coming by. >> for more, let's go to cnn's alexander field in the bronx at the scene of that derailment. alexandria? >> reporter: we know that seven cars derailed at the tail end of this holiday weekend.
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two cars turned on their sides and that's where four people were killed. 11 people are in critical condition. estimate is there were 100 people riding this train. important to keep in mind that during the weekday during rush hour there would have been more people on the train. it left early this morning before 6:00. it was traveling from poughkeepsie to grand central. a law enforcement source tells cnn the operator of the train says that he tried to apply the brakes but that the train did not stop. the operator is now being treated for his injuries. we have spoke to witnesses in the bronx and they heard the familiar screeching sound a train makes and they heard the horrible crash and this is what they saw. seven cars turned on their sides. it's far too early to speculate on what caused the accident. investigators are en route. emergency workers came here to help 100 or so passengers onboard the train. they'll look at the track and train to see what answers they
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can find. a lot of people are waiting for those answers. it is important to note that this is a heavily used track along the hudson. that means that metro north service is indefinitely suspended and so is service from new york to albany on amtrak. those travelers will have to find another way home this afternoon. the focus of course is on people riding on this train. four people killed. we are told by police that their families have not yet been notified. >> do we know if all of the passengers and crew onboard the train were accounted for by the authorities? >> reporter: right now police are telling us they believe they have everyone accounted for. the estimate is that there were about 100 people onboard but they will continue to look and to search. the preliminary search is done. they believe they are all accounted for. there are a lot of people circling this train on foot. >> and conditions of the casualties. do we know if there are any
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people in critical condition? >> reporter: 11 in critical condition. the numbers again remain fluid right now. 67 people are hurt. earlier the number was 40. then it moved up to 63. now 67. it's possible that there are some people who were on this train who walked off and thought they were okay and who are now realizing that they are suffering in some way and do need to be check out. 11 are in critical condition and it the operator of this train is hurt but he's being treated for those injuries. >> this is a heavily traveled portion of track. can you give us an idea of the delays this accident are creating? >> reporter: of course. very heavily traveled track. it runs along the hudson river. this is a train going from poughkeepsie into grand central. a popular rail system outside of
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new york city. if this was a week day, there could have been hundreds and thousands aboard this train and waiting in other trains along the wings here. this will be shut down now. it could take a few hours. it could take a few days before investigators would begin to even think about moving some of the pieces of this train. commuters will have to find a way around and travelers will have to plan ahead and know there will be delays for them and in some cases find a way home today. that's the reality of it. >> i think it's also important to mention this is close to a very big curve and while it's too early for authorities to say what happened and why, do you have any sense as to whether speed could have been a factor in the derailment? >> reporter: certainly, yes, too early for us to speculate. some of the people that live around here have referenced the fact that curve is in the tracks and sometimes they feel trains
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are going quickly and they say it's speedy devil. we can't say if speed is a factor. we know at this point according to our cnn source that train operator said he tried to apply the brakes and train didn't stop. that is to start off this investigation what we're told the operator of the train is saying. witnesses can't really tell us for sure right now whether or not that train was going fast or too fast. a question for ntsb on the way here to try to answer it. >> alexandra field on the scene for us. we'll keep in touch with you and get back to you when the situation warrants. new york governor andrew cuomo is on the scene of the accident. >> we do know that four people left their lives today in the holiday season right after thanksgiving and they are in our thoughts and prayers. families have not yet been notified. so we'll be working on that now. let's all say a prayer and
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remember those people who we lost this morning and their families and we'll let the first responders do their job. the ntsb will do the investigation. we'll tell you throughout the day what the consequences for service will be and when service will be restored. we need more information before we can make any hard determinations on that. again, i want to thank first responders who are doing a fantastic job right now and i want to thanks both commissioner ray kelly and the other commissioner for their help this morning. >> this train that derailed is one of the vital commuter links to the new york suburbs and in this case one of the ones along the hudson river. cnn's supervisor producer has more on that and, john, it's my understanding that you used to travel on this track very frequently. >> yes, good morning, joe. this was my train station to give you a picture as you said.
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it runs along the hudson line. this train that left poughkeepsie would have been due in grand central about 7:45. just under a two-hour ride. this particular stop, 20, 25 minutes to midtown manhattan. this was really toward the end of its trip. as we mentioned, it did occur and train is a straight shot down the hudson river through westest whchester county and in bronx it hugs this curve but this was my train. it's hard to describe what it is like to stand on that platform and see trains toppled over. ntsb is en route. too early to speculate if speed was a cause. we're learning horrific details about some of the passengers. one issue i'm sure will be looked at is the idea of whether
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seat belts should be on trains. there are no seat belts on these trains. i can tell you between new york and washington i ride amtrak more than anyone should ride amtrak and it's the same situation there. this is right now this neighborhood is all gathered around. riverdale is on a hill overlooking the hudson and the trains are right on the river. basically the entire neighborhood is out trying to get a peek of what's going on here. also trying to figure out how they'll get to work tomorrow. >> right, john. i would imagine that something like this would create a huge mess in the neighborhood for a long period of time because there was another derailment i think of a train carrying trash sometime back in july. >> that's correct, joe. right at this station it was a freight train that derailed causing a major disruption and of course ntsb is familiar with the line because they are currently investigating an accident over the summer in
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connecticut where two trains actually collided and service was disrupted in that case for weeks. >> it appears also that this train came pretty close to the water with just a little bit more energy. a little bit more speed. we could have had an even greater catastrophe. >> i can't speculate about that. i will tell you standing on that platform in the past, particularly this time of year, you are right on the water clearly exposed. the wind just rips right through there so any sort of derailment is very close to water. as a matter of fact, there was a presence of both police and fireboats trying to get a closer look from that angle. >> give me an idea, just your judgment, on the sunday following thanksgiving about that time of day, would you have expected a lot of people on that train? would it have been full of people? or would there have been fewer
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people on the train because it's still so early in the holiday weekend? >> the hudson line which this was in general averages about 18,000 passengers a day. now that's a weekday. weekend is fractional. again, this was quite early in the morning. not the first train out but still early in the morning. that being said, as any new yorker can tell you, midtown a zoo with people coming in to look at the windows and christmas tree at rockefeller center and then of course people trying to connect either with planes or other amtrak trains at penn station. so again, probably not a full train but perhaps a little more than it would be on a sunday morning. >> you also mentioned that question of seat belts. there are reports that i have seen that a passenger or two could have been ejected. anymore on that? >> i believe the fire commissioner made reference to
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the four fatalities, three of them were not onboard the train which leads to whether they were ejected or not is the theory. >> there is certainly a possibility of that. with your familiarity of transportation issues, why haven't we had seat belts on trains? >> you know, joe, that's just a question. if you think back to argument of seat belts in automobiles, nobody really thinks twice about them now but at first it was a whole huge issue and civil liberties and what not. i think we're a long way from seeing seat belts on public transportation. >> after having two derailments out there, you have to wonder whether residents are getting a little bit concerned about what's going on on the tracks. >> yes. i think that's a given.
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we continue to follow this hour's breaking news. at least four people were killed, 67 injured, when a commuter train went off the tracks in new york city. officials say at least seven cars of the metro north hudson line train went off the tracks. the same tracks are used by amtrak which is now suspending service between albany and new
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york city. dramatic accounts and pictures of the wreck showing up on social media this morning. cnn following that. nick? >> good morning, joe. we've been scouring social media since we heard news of the derailment and we obtained a handful of photographs to share with viewers. the first coming to us from daniel cohen revealing a very sort of scale of the crash here. you see cars turned on the side. a lot of eyewitnesses we heard from talking about it coming around the bend, coming around a curve there at a relatively high rate of speed. another photo coming to us from terry. this is a closer photo. another photo from daniel there. but terry shows photos of boats in the water. u.s. coast guard as we've been reporting initial reports said that train may have made its way into the water. we know that that's not accurate at this time after more details
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emerged. you see coast guard boats there. on instagram another user providing a closer perspective of the train. you see cars there on its side. eyewitnesses i talked to describe this as deeply unsettling, very unnerving and one eyewitness was right across the river from this incident, rebecca, tweeted some of the first images we saw from the scene of the crash. she told us, joe, there was firefighters there. she didn't hear the crash itself but she did say she saw lots of firefighters and wasn't close enough to see passengers milling about the train or anyone that was injured. she says this train goes right through an area where her friends are in a neighborhood and for her it was very clear that something big and bad had happened the moment that she saw those images. the moments she was on her morning walk and saw this train cars on their side. we want to solicit tweets or
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anything from social media accounts from any eyewitnesses out there. we're looking for anyone who was on the train if you guys have any images or anymore information tweet me. joe? >> interested in the perspective from some of these pictures. it appears that people are either shooting down from a high rise building or from trees or from a hill. do you have any idea some of those pictures that look like aerials are being taken from? >> this is a residential area that the train was traveling through. when i spoke to rebecca she says it wasscary for her because she travels this area and has friends in the area. a friend she was on a walk with this morning that saw the sirens after the crash has a son that lives in the area. for her it was very troubling because a lot of people live in and around the area where this train was traveling through, joe. >> did you speak to anybody who talked about how fast the train
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was actually going? >> alexandra was reporting the train operator mentioned he tried to apply the brakes but that the train did not slow down. that's just an initial report and coming to us from a law enforcement source there at the scene and with knowledge of the investigation. you can see just how crinkled those cars are. it's very troubling scene there and one would have to assume that speed was a factor. as we continue to follow this story in more details emerging, i'm sure we will get to the bottom of how this exactly happened. >> looking at live pictures there of the scene. actually some divers in the water. very cold morning here in the mid-atlantic. you would have so suspect they are in dry suits digging around to see and make sure that no one was actually thrown into the water, which certainly would have been a very disturbing
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situation even in warm conditions. thanks so much for that. for those who aren't familiar with new york, the wreck happened north of manhattan island. samantha mohr joins us to pinpoint the site of the wreck. >> reporter: week talking about where this is. you look at google map. washington, d.c., philadelphia. there's long island. we'll go into new york here. you can see manhattan pop up on the map and here is the hudson river and then spuyten duyvil up the hudson river and where it meets harlem river is the curve we've been talking about that the train has been going around and has a reputation for often times being a very perilous curve as those trains come around at high speeds and train itself we've seen those train cars kind of dotted along here where the train tipped over.
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we were talking about the divers that were in the water potentially looking for some victims. the water temperature there was right around 43 degrees. it takes about 30 to 60 minutes in water of that temperature for your body to start to break down and for you to lose your coordination and then after that about an hour or two hours before it is potentially lethal to be in water that temperature. the air temperature at the time of the incident was right around 38 degrees so it was definitely on the cool side in the area of the accident. in fact, 34 degrees at the time of the accident so it was very, very chilly. it was clear though. with good visibility. light winds. doesn't appear that weather was a factor in this particular situation and as we take a look at the radar around the area, there's a clipper to the north. the weather conditions could have been far worse this time of years. in fact, we did have icy roadways to the north of here that caused a pileup on 290
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outside of worcester but most of the active weather well to the north here. that was not a concern. so the conditions at the time of the accident doesn't look like weather really would have been a factor here at all. hopefully that gives you an idea of how things are set up here where harlem meets the hudson. >> thank you for that, samantha. we're looking at live pictures of the tracks over where the train actually derailed and just a moment ago we got a picture of the divers in the water. very bright sunlight but in the water. it's very murky right now and muddy. it must be very slow going for any divers looking for virtually anything this time of day. we continue to watch the scene as authorities report to us as they can. i'm being told to go now to nick. are you there? >> one quick point to bring up. according to our local
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affiliate, a passenger was interviewed who was on the train. that passenger said that the train was traveling at a higher than normal rate of speed. we are working on confirming exactly what caused this crash. initial reports saying this train was traveling at a high rate of speed. we also saw those images there. there were initial reports that the train perhaps had gone into the water. we know that's not the case right now. deeply unsettling images you are looking at now live from wabc, our new york affiliate, train cars on the side of the heavily traveled rail line. this is a popular train that people take their locally. it's in a residential area. a lot of people could have possibly heard the sound of this crash. one witness i talked to was surprised she didn't hear the crash looking at the scale of the derailment. she did see local emergency crews and first responders on the scene and they are still
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there right now. nic robertson was reporting earlier there was still a situation where there was people perhaps still trapped inside that car. they are working to get folks out of there. crews there on the ground who are trying to get more details for viewers about exactly what happened. this train derailment early this morning just before it reached -- as it was traveling through bronx, new york. >> it's still too early to speculate as you say about whether the train was moving too fast. you can just look at the pictures there of those train cars and how close they got to the water and you have to ask yourself whether velocity had something to do with it. the next question would be why would this train have been moving faster than normal apparently in an area where there had been a previous derailment. these are questions that the ntsb investigators are certainly going to be asking as soon as they get to the scene and start
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going back to the bronx now. four people dead when a commuter train goes off the tracks in new york city. officials say 67 people are injured including 11 who are in serious condition. seven cars of a metro north train traveling south along the hudson river came off the tracks. a law enforcement official on the scene and familiar with the investigation says the train operator who is among the injured told investigators he applied the brakes but the train didn't slow down. a white house official tells cnn that president obama has been briefed and the president's thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected especially the friends and families who lost a loved one. there you see pictures from the scene as those train cars lining on their sides. investigators from the national transportation safety board on their way to try to unravel what it is that caused this crash. cnn's alexandra field is on the
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scene. what can you tell us? what's the latest? >> reporter: joe, right now we want to let you know there is still a huge emergency presence on scene. they've been out here for hours. i want to show you what's going on beyond me. you can see the coast guard boats have been in the water all morning. divers have been in the water. the main priority so to find out if every passenger that left poughkeepsie this morning on that short trip to grand central station have been located. the estimate is that there were probably 100 people riding the train. we know that 67 people are injured. 11 in critical condition. emergency workers out here are making their rounds around this train and also in the water trying to make sure that they have located every passenger. it is a horrifying end to the thanksgiving weekend certainly for so many people. we have to imagine some of these people were on their way home after celebrating the holidays. four people were killed when two of the rail cars turned
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completely on their sides. in total, seven cars derailed. we're told families of four people killed have not been notified. we know there were three conductors onboard this train and one engineer. all four of them have been located. we don't have a word on their condition. again, we do know the person who was operating this train has according to a cnn source told law enforcement officials that he did apply pressure to the brakes and that the train did not stop. there is a bend in the track here. witnesses say that they heard this happen this morning. they heard a squealing sort of screeching sound. they say at first it sounded similar to what they typically here when the train pulls into the station and then they heard that crashing noise they came outside. again, they saw what we are all seeing now. seven passenger cars off the rails. this is a popular track here. it's a heavily traveled commuter rail track. it is used by metro north running along the hudson river if you have been on this ride, it's a beautiful ride.
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on a day like today would have been a pretty beautiful sort of ride along the river. it did not end that way. this train turning on its side early this morning. and really causing a horrible end to the holiday weekend so many people here. >> a bunch of facts in there. you have a curve and report that brakes did not work. so the question of course would be whether speed is a factor or whether the brakes on the train simply failed. anybody talking about that right now? >> reporter: when we see this out here, we want to know right away how and why. new york's governor was out here an hour ago. he's been briefed on the situation. he took a tour to see the damage here. he's trying to urge everyone not to leap to discussions. ntsb is in charge of this investigation. investigators are en route. they'll look at the train. they'll look at the track. we expect they'll be here for
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hours and probably for days before they can come to any sort of definitive conclusions about what may have caused seven cars to come off the track. it's the answer that everyone is already searching for. we see rail workers down on the tracks earlier today. they have their hard hats on working down there alongside with firefighters, police officers, emts who rushed in this morning when they heard the news that a commuter train had come off the track. here's the only silver lining we see this morning. it's a sunday. it was an early train. the estimate is that there were about 100 people on this train. typically this train which runs into grand central station would have had hundreds or thousands of people on it. it's a busy line. monday through friday, people are jammed in there. >> it's clear there will be a huge mess to clean up and could take days i would assume. what's this doing to the train traffic in the area? >> reporter: metro north of course had to immediately suspend their service on its
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hudson line shutting things down. at the same time, this is a stretch of rail that is used by amtrak and we know of course that this is one of the busiest travel days of the year. a lot of people expected to take the train home after going away for thanksgiving. amtrak says they also will have to suspend service between new york city and albany. if you had plans to ride the train from albany down to new york city, you have to find another way home right now. no word on when the metro north or the amtrak service could be restored at this point. >> we saw a picture a moment ago of what looked like authorities with dogs on leashes moving around through the wooded area there. why would they have dogs on leashes? wouldn't you be able to find a body or anything else you were looking for pretty much line of sight? >> reporter: police told us when they got out here this morning,
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they did their initial search to make sure everyone was accounted for. they said, yes, we do believe that we have everyone accounted for. they say it is routine in a case like this they would continue to look around the train and water even if it involves bringing in dogs and going into the woods here because you certainly wouldn't want to miss a person who had gotten off the train or thro thrown off the train and now in need of help. there are 67 people listed as hurt or injured in some way right now. that number could go up. it's possible that we'll see other people sort of wander into emergency rooms as the day progresses and didn't realize they were hurt given the initial shock. 11 people is the number holding for critical patients at this point. >> i know from covering train derailments myself, you are always struck by the first thing you see when you arrive at a scene like this. give us a sense of your
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immediate impression when you got there and took your first look. >> reporter: when you see seven cars, seven rail cars that are off the track, you really worry about how many people were on that train and that's the question that we were all asking each other as we headed up here. how many people could possibly be involved in something like this? the only silver lining is that it was early and a sunday morning. that train down there you can see those seven cars stretched out, they could have held a lot more people. when you look at the estimate, there were 100 passengers onboard and you hear the number of injured is 67. you are looking at the vast majority of passengers injured and the only relief is knowing that there were 100 people on the train and not 200 or 500. the reality is that four people were killed. when two trains turned so eed completely on their side and the sight of that is horrifying for neighbors who heard squealing and heard the crash, you can imagine they stepped out here and they had to have been
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shocked to see a train this large with seven cars off the track, two of them completely on their side is something you just don't see. you don't expect. you hear train derailment and you hope you'll see one car slightly having jumped a track and not completely off the track in the way you see it right now. >> thanks so much for that reporting. get back to us when you get anymore information. we'll keep bringing you development on this morning's deadly train derailment in new york city. next, we'll hear from a passenger who was on the front car of that train when it flew off the tracks. [ susan ] though he had never left.
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stories people are posting on social media and coverage from new york's local media. he has an account from one of the passengers on the train, is that right? >> we've been monitoring air check for wabc, local affiliate in new york. they also have reporters on the scene. they just interviewed a passenger who was on the first car of that train. you're looking at those fixtup s there. first car lower left-hand portion of your tv. frank was on that first car. he spoke to wabc a short time ago and talked about how fast that train was going when it derailed. take a listen. >> the guy was going fast on the turns and i just didn't know why because we were making good time and all of a sudden we derail on
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the turn. >> was there any impact or did the train just leave the tracks? >> there was impact. >> i know there was impact when the train left. frank, did the train hit anything on the tracks or just leave them because it was going too fast? >> it left because we were going too fast. >> do you take this train often? have you been on this line before? >> i take this train every sunday morning. >> you said it seemed by your judgment and it's good judgment because you take this train every sunday morning, you said it seemed like the train was traveling at a faster rate of speed than it usually does coming into the station? >> a lot faster, yes. >> a lot faster. okay. when it left the tracks, frank, are you in one of the cars that we can see from the picture that we're looking at that is on its side? >> i was in the first car.
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>> we're looking at that on our screen. the first car almost made it into the water. i don't know if you can see from where you are. that train is almost in the water. >> they let me move up by the intersection. i didn't know that. >> we want to take you live to commissioner joe bruno of the new york city office of emergency management. mr. bruno, thank you for joining us. off the top, can you tell us if there is any update on casualties, number of people injured, or if all of the individuals were on the train have been accounted for. >> what we have right now is we have four people who were killed in this incident. 11 more seriously injured.
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46 were taken in for medical review. we have 67 people. those are all of the people we have accounted for. there are other people on the train, i'm sure, but as far as injuries, there are 67. most of those -- at least the majority were distributed to hospitals in the area in the bronx area. as far as anyone else, we have ntsb coming in in about a half hour. they will conduct an investigation to what occurred and fdny reported earlier they did a number of searches and they have not located anyone else injured from this incident. i think we have the numbers right now. we don't know finally until we move the trains and get them out of the way but we have a good idea reported by the
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commissioner a short while ago. >> probably most important for people traveling this train this time of day, have you arranged a place for people to contact individuals who may have been on that train? is there a way for the authorities to get word to say whether someone was injured, whether they're clear or accounted for or not? >> right now on any missing persons issue they should call 311. outside of new york city, poughkeepsie based train so there may be people from out of town. they can call 212-new york. and the police department detective bureau will indicate what they have and who are they are looking for and then they will handle that on a very specific level with those people so we do have that in action. >> we've gotten two reports that we would like you to address if
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possible. one, there's been a persistent report that people were ejected from the train. and there was a second report that the conductor said he applied the brakes and the train didn't slow down. can you add to the information on either of those points? >> regard to the speed issue which is what you're talking about, mta president and we know this as well, that will be something that ntsb will look at with the assistance of the fire department and others and that will be a key point of concern is whether this train was moving too quickly. i have no information other than what i just said to you whether it was or was not is beyond my ability to make that decision. they'll know it from the angle in which the train left the rails and where it ended up. we'll get a sense of that. we'll look at that and look at error with regard to the
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operator. he's injured but i understand good enough condition he can communicate. they'll have a good idea on that. what was your first point you wanted to know? >> i think the first point you really addressed in its entirety. that was whether this train had been moving too fast or whether the brakes work. i think that pretty much covered it. when we look at the scene, we do see people still milling around. another important question i would like to ask you now -- >> i can't hear you. you'll have to speak up. >> are you hearing me better now? is that a little bit better? >> a little bit, yes. >> all right. are you at the position where you can say the search for victims has concluded or is it going to continue for a while? >> i think the search at this point has concluded. they have gone through all of the cars and surrounding areas.
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the only thing that we have is the train is overturned. there have been a number of checks according to fdny with anyone trapped beneath that. they have done that using heat sensor equipment. they don't have information that anyone is. the chiefs of department reported earlier that we believe that we have done a full search and we will not know exactly until the cars are fully removed if there's any other possibility. i don't believe there is at either the fire department but it's just a precaution and they are certainly here and they are going to remove those cars as soon as they can and i think we have to wait until ntsb clears that removal as well. >> did you address the question of whether anyone was ejected? >> as i understand it, three of
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the four people who were killed were ejected. >> got it. thanks so much, joe bruno, commissioner of new york city. thanks for getting on the phone with us. >> thank you very much. >> we'll be right back with more on this train crash in new york just after this.
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we continue to follow this hour's break news. at least four people died this morning when a commuter train went off the tracks in new york city. 67 people are injured, including 11 who are seriously hurt now we want to turn to another story, the shock and grief following a fiery car crash that killed actor paul walker, one of the actors of the "fast & furious" movie franchise. he was in a crash outside of los
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angeles. >> to say paul walker's death has sent shockwaves through hollywood is an understatement. he's in the prime of his life and currently filming the seventh installment of one of the most popular movie franchises. police say he deed inn side the porsche at the scene. but they still have many questions to be answered in this crash. one of hollywood's most bankable stars, paul walker who has made ha name for himself died in a fiery car crash in santa clarita, california. a second person also died in the accident. both were attending a charity event for walker's organization reach out worldwide. the event was intended to benefit the victims of typhoon haiyan in the philippines. the crash happened on saturday afternoon. paul walker was not driving the
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2005 porsche. when deputies arrived, the car was on fire. both people in the car pronounced dead at the scene. >> there's nothing. we tried. we went through fire extinguishe extinguishers. >> reporter: all that remains, burnt, mansionled met-- mangled metal. he had been filming the seventh installment of "fast & furious." some of hollywood's biggest stars are reacting. vin diesel said brother, i will miss you very much, i am absolutely speechless. heaven has gained a new angel. rest in peace. another tweeted wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark. another tweeted my heart is
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hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real. paul had a 15 year old daughter, meadow, and many are sending condolences to her. they are still trying to find out what happened in the moments leading to the crash. ahead, the latest developments in this morning's deadly train derailment in new york city. no, not that. i was thinking about getting a tablet as a gift... verizon has tablets. they got a lot of them? accessing brain information... yes, they have a lot to choose from. did you really just... and now you can get $100 off any tablet. thanks, wayne. save like never before on any tablet at verizon now. get $100 off any tablet. plus trade in your old tablet for up to $150 or more. that's powerful. verizon. can you move your beverage away from the keyboard? it's making me anxious. sure thing.
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we continue to follow this hour's breaking news. a white house official tells cnn that president obama has been briefed on today's train derailment in new york city. at least four people are dead, 67 injured after a commuter train went off the tracks in new york. a law enforcement official on the scene says the train operator who is among the injured tells investigators that he applied the train's brakes but it did not slow down. that does it for this hour of cnn newsroom. make sure you tune in next sunday morning at 11:00.
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state of union with candy crowley begins right now. good afternoon from washington. we're following two breaking news stories today. first, that deadly train derailment in new york city. these are live pictures of a metro north commuter train that went off the tracks at the spuyten duyvil station. 11 people are in serious condition. the law enforcement that is familiar with the situation says the train's operator says he applied brakes to the train but it did not slow down. new york governor cuomo has visited the site. we will continue to update you throughout this hour. here in washington today was the self-imposed