Four dead in New York train derailment
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A train heading for Grand Central Terminal in New York City derailed Sunday morning, killing at least 4 and injuring at least 63, according to the AP and Reuters.
The seven-car train went off the tracks going around a curve about 100 yards north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.
As of yet, there is no official explanation for why the train derailed.
This is the second passenger train derailment in just over six months for Metro-North, the railroad service in charge of the train. The first occurred on May 17 when a train in Bridgeport, CT derailed a struck another train headed in the opposite direction. 76 people were injured in that accident. The railroad provider is also under scrutiny for other safety issues this year, including the death of a foreman who was struck by a passenger train on May 28 in West Haven, CT.
The foreman had requested that a section of track be taken out of commission for maintenance work, but a student traffic controller placed the track back in service just over an hour later.
Protests continue in the Ukraine
In the Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest against President Viktor Yanukovich.
The protests began over a week ago when Yanukovich held off on signing a deal for closer relations with the European Union, in favor of maintaining trade relations with Russia, who opposed the deal.
While most of the protests were peaceful, some protestors attempted to break through police lines in front of President Yanukovich’s headquarters with a bulldozer.
Others broke into Kiev’s city council and occupied part of the building.
They hung a Ukrainian flag in the window and chanted, “Kiev is ours!”