A Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx on Sunday morning.
A Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx on Sunday morning.

Four people were killed and nearly 70 others were hurt when a southbound Metro-North commuter train from Poughkeepsie to New York City derailed in the Bronx on Sunday morning, officials said.

Four of the seven cars on the train rolled down an embankment on a curve in the tracks near the Supyten Duyvil station just north of Manhattan. The first car narrowely stopped short of plunging into the Hudson River where it meets the Harlem River. About 100 people were aboard the train at the time.

NYPD, FDNY and MTA Police are on the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board will continue the investigation. Divers searched the water for more victims.

The victims were identified as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh, 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring, 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.

The engineer told investigators that he tried to apply the brakes before the curve but the brakes failed, CNN quoted an anonymous source as saying.

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