NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Passengers aboard the Metro-North train that derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx watched in horror as passengers were tossed out windows and fellow riders died before their eyes as cars tumbled onto their sides.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, passengers on the train hours later were reliving the moment when normalcy vanished and a routine ride became a struggle to survive.
“I thought I was going to die, to be honest,” said Arbee Guivesus. “I thought, I’m going to die.”
“I broke my arm; it’s really painful,” said Janiza Corpus.
Guivesus was afraid the train might plunge into the Harlem River.
“Because we were near the water, so I thought if it falls down, we have no control,” he said. “We’re just praying.”
Riding in the third car Sunday, Steven Ciccone said he noticed nothing unusual prior to the crash.
“A day like any other day; It started to make a loud shifting noise, like with the tracks and the next thing I know two people from the other side of the train come flying over and fell on top of me,” Ciccone said. “I couldn’t believe we were flipping over.”
Like a grim lottery, seat selection suddenly became a matter of life and death.
“Because I was on that wall, I didn’t go through the windows when the windows blew out, so that was able to sustain me and some of the injured,” Ciccone said. “It was just complete chaos.”
The train from Poughkeepsie left the tracks with a sudden, violent shudder and roll along the curve at Spuyten Duyvil. Seven passenger cars were being pushed by a locomotive, and the lead cars ended up in a grassy swamp at the water’s edge while the locomotive was even on its side.
“I got thrown across back and forth and it came to, like, a halt, and there was just screaming,” said passenger Ryan Kelly.
Alex Marquez said he was asleep as the train approached the curved section of track near the Spuyten Duyvil station, and the next thing he knew, the car he was riding in was sliding on its side.
“People were hanging out of the windows as we were sliding,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern.