At least four people are reported dead and another 63 injured after a Manhattan bound Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, N.Y., early Sunday morning.
Emergency workers and security officials have fanned out at the crash site and confirmed with NBC New York that 11 of the injured are also in critical condition.
Metro-North confirmed that the seven-car 5:54 a.m. train was on its way from Poughkeepsie when it derailed at about 7:20 a.m. The train stopped dangerously close to the water near the Spuyten Duyvil station. Service on part of the Hudson Line has also been suspended indefinitely.
"Haven't sen (sic) this many first responders since 9/11 ppl talking fatalities," tweeted David Mann, an onlooker at the accident site who also posted several pictures from the scene.
Surviving passenger Diana Jackson, 40, revealed to the New York Daily News the horrors of what happened.
"We're banged up. We left the Tarrytown stop, the next stop was 125 St. The driver was going around the curve really fast. Next thing you know (we're) in middle of a wreckage," she said.
"I was sitting in the first seat in the front of the car facing backwards," she explained.
"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," she added.
Ellen Stevenson, 57, told the New York Daily News that she rushed to the scene because she thought her daughter was on the train.
"My daughter wasn't on that train thank god," said Stevenson. "I heard a loud screeching, like a loud grind. Something wasn't right. It was going too fast. Two officers were holding another officer up the hill. He was limping. He needed help. They were putting another woman on a stretcher. There was blood on the sheet but she was conscious and moving. It was going fast. It disconnected past the curve. I take this train every day. Usually they slow down here," she said.
As it remains unclear how many people were on the train, rescue workers reportedly have also been using cadaver dogs to locate victims of the crash.
Police have not yet released the identities of the dead as their families have not been informed of their deaths.