Updated at 12:57 a.m., May 18, 2013
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Two Metro-North trains collided just east of the Fairfield Metro Station, authorities announced Friday evening.READ MORE: New Effort To Help Frontline Pandemic Medical Workers Process Their Grief
About 700 people were on board the trains when one heading east from New York City’s Grand Central Station to New Haven derailed about 6:10 p.m. just outside Bridgeport, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.
The train was hit by a train heading west from New Haven to Grand Central on an adjacent track, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. Some cars on the second train also derailed as a result of the collision.
Emergency workers quickly responded to the scene, the MTA said. Metro-North referred to the incident in a news release as a “major derailment.”
“This is a very serious incident,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said during a briefing later Friday night.
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Malloy said at least 60 people aboard the two trains were injured and transported to local hospitals. Of those injuries, five were said to be critical, including one very critical, the governor added. WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported 22 of the injured were taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital.