Four people have been confirmed dead after a commuter train derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Dozens are reported to have been injured as the Hudson Line train came off the tracks near the Spuyten-Duyvil Station before 7:30am Sunday morning. However, it fell short of crashing into the River Hudson by inches, averting an even more terrible disaster.
Dianna Jackson, 40, of Poughkeepsie, was in the third car, which overturned.
She told the New York Daily News: "I was sitting in the first seat in the front of the car facing backwards.
"I was flung six feet. I landed on the shattered window (on the side of the train that hit the ground). I was lying on my back, gravel was flying everywhere. I was dragging along the ground...Maybe it was a minute, it felt like an eternity, I just wanted it to stop...I had gravel in my teeth, I was eating rocks. But I was grateful to be eating rocks because I'm still alive."
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said none of the carriages had gone into the adjacent Hudson or Harlem rivers.
According to sources, the 05:54 from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station train, could have derailed due to a driver error.
Nearby witnesses rushed to get help.
"I was at my desk at my computer, and I thought a plane was coming in," Steve Kronenberg, who lives nearby told 1010 WINS.
"I jumped away. Then after the noise stopped, I looked out the window and saw the train derailment, and I called 911 right away. They put me on with the fire department. I told them what had happened, where it was, so on and so forth. ... I told them there wasn't any flames. There was a little bit of smoke coming out from one of the cars, and they got here pretty quickly."
The MTA advised that 'Hudson Line Customers will experience indefinite delays south of Croton Harmon.'
The Fire Department of New York says the derailment occurred at 07:20 near Spuyten Duyvil station, causing "multiple injuries", and that 130 firefighters were on the scene.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo is reported to have arrived at the scene.
The Hudson Line runs along the Hudson River for the majority of its roughly 80-mile stretch, it is one of the busiest commuter lines into the United States' busiest train terminal.