(USA TODAY) -- Sixty
people were transported to hospitals and five people were hurt
critically, one very critically, Friday night near Bridgeport, Conn.,
after an eastbound commuter train derailed and was hit by a westbound
train, Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy said in a news conference.
No fatalities were reported in the collision, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News reported.
Metro-North Railroad called the collision a "major derailment."
collision prompted Amtrak, which sent out notification via Twitter, to
suspend service indefinitely between New York and Boston. Metro-North
Railroad, which serves commuters in the greater New York area, issued a
service alert saying service had been suspended between New Haven and
South Norwalk, Conn.
According to the Twitter feed of the
Metropolitan Transit Authority, the parent of Metro-North, service will
not return to normal on the line until "a full investigation is complete
and repairs are made," the Journal News reports.
said that most people were not seriously hurt. He said there was
extensive damage to the train cars and the track, and it could take
until Monday for normal service to be restored.
He said the area
where the accident happened was down to two tracks because of repair
work and that the accident will have a "big impact on the Northeast
"We're most concerned about the injured and ultimately
reopening the system," Malloy said from the scene about three hours
after the crash. He said there was no reason to believe it was anything
other than an accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board will head up an investigation into the crash, Malloy said.
crash happened after a 5:30 p.m. train out of Grand Central Station in
New York bound for New Haven, Conn., derailed near Bridgeport, Conn., TheJournal News reported. A train heading in the opposite direction from New Haven to Grand Central struck the first train.
eastbound train derailed, which is what caused the trains to collide,"
said Aaron Donovan, a Metro-North spokesman. "It derailed in such a way
that it went into the path of the westbound train on an adjacent track."
and emergency medical responders were on the scene Friday night and bus
service was being arranged for those who were unharmed in the crash,
Donovan told TheJournal News .
The cause of the initial derailment was not clear and Donovan said authorities will investigate.
Contributing: The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News , The Associated Press