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Train Derailment Staged At GCT

Grand Central Terminal

Commuters pass through Grand Central Terminal during the evening rush hour May 19, 2010, in New York City. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2) – It looked and sounded like a serious situation at Grand Central Terminal Saturday, but nobody was hurt.

Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical responders and ambulances came to Grand Central for a planned safety drill in which they staged a train derailment, 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports.

“We wanted to focus on the coordination efforts with our local emergency responders and MTA Metro North personnel.”

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports

Throughout the test, signs and pa announcements constantly informed passengers and the public that it is only practice, explained Metro North’s acting chief of safety and security, Ann Kirsch.

“As they approached the Grand Central terminal track 15, they hit the bumping block and that there were injuries on board and they derailed,” she said.

The practice exercise was to ensure that workers would know exactly what to do in case of a real disaster.

And judging from the results, it was a success.

“They communicated the information very well,” said Kirsch. “Responders arrived at Grand Central Terminal.”

A drill was also held Saturday at Newark Liberty International Airport.