First car of Metro-North train derails after striking tree on tracks

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Metro-North train derails when it hit a tree due to heavy winds: no injuries
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HAWTHORNE, New York (WABC) -- Metro-North railroad says the first axle of a train went off the tracks after it struck a fallen tree in the suburbs north of New York City Monday.

No injuries were reported but service was expected to be hampered for hours on the railroad's Harlem line.

Railroad spokesman Aaron Donovan says the Manhattan-bound train hit the tree around noon north of the Hawthorne station in Westchester County.

There were about 100 passengers on the six-car train. They were put on another train on an adjacent track.

Crews are working to re-rail that set of wheels and inspect and repair a stretch of about 100 feet of track that was damaged in the incident.

The railroad is operating on reduced capacity between North White Plains and Mt. Kisco, but expects the Harlem Line to return to regular schedule Tuesday.

Harlem Line tickets are being cross-honored on the Hudson & New Haven Lines.

There were numerous reports of fallen trees in the metropolitan area on Monday and forecasters were warning of high winds.

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