Several Dead in a Metro Train Derailment In New York

A Metro-North passenger train has derailed in the Bronx area of New York City with at least four people killed and numerous injured.
Despite earlier reports to the contrary, none of the cars ended up in the water.

The incident happened just after 7am New York time.

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A person is evacuated from the scene 

The train was headed for Central Station, and crashed near Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx.

At least 63 people have been injured, Sky News reported, and 135 firefighters were at the scene.

Five out of seven carriages derailed on what was said to be a dangerous bend, according to US reports.

The train stopped close to the mouth of the Harlem River where it flows into the Hudson, Sky News reported.

Passengers were thrown from the train by the impact, and footage showed divers searching in the nearby water.

FDNY (Fire Department of New York) chief of department Edward Kilduff said three people died as they were thrown from the train, The Guardian reported.

Kilduff added: “The train is pretty beat up. There was substantial damage inside and a lot of personal possessions thrown around.

“We believe we’ve searched the entire area and we don’t have any other victims we’re aware of.”

President Barack Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with the families of the victims.

Monty Python cast to reunite for stage show

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(Left to right) The original cast of the Monty Python troupe Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry

LONDON — The five surviving members of comedy troupe Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show, which will be the first time they have performed together as Monty Python in 15 years.

Terry Jones told the BBC Tuesday that he will be joined by John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin.

“We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real,” Jones said. “I’m quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!”

Cleese tweeted: “Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again.”

Further details of the reunion will be announced by the Pythons at a press conference in London on Thursday, which will be shown live on Sky News.

Idle tweeted: “Only three days to go till the Python Press Conference. Make sure Python fans are alerted to the big forthcoming news event.

He added: “Python meeting this morning. Can’t wait. Press Conference Thursday will apparently be live on Sky News. I’ll get you the online URL.”

The press conference will take place at the Playhouse Theater in London’s West End, which is the home for “Spamalot,” Idle’s musical based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The last time the group performed Python material on stage together was at Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998.

The sixth Python, Graham Chapman, died of cancer in 1989.