New York, NY (ABC NEWS)-- Eleven people were in critical condition at area hospitals, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, although he said he believed they were in stable condition. Three of the dead were ejected from the train. Several people had to be extracted from the wreckage.
"Obviously a very tragic situation," said Cuomo, who declined to speculate on the cause of the crash. "The first order of business is to care for the people on the train."
Cuomo said that the train's operator had survived the crash and was being treated for unspecified injuries.
FDNY Chief of Department Edward Kilduff said that airbags and jacks were used to stabilize the cars and remove victims. Some of those injured had to be cut out of the damaged train cars.
"The train is pretty beat up, it flipped to some degree," said Kilduff. "There was a lot of personal belongings thrown around."
The seven-car Hudson Line commuter train was headed toward Grand Central Station when it derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil Station in the Bronx on a long curved section of the track at around 7:30 a.m., according to Metro-North.