Authorities have identified the four people who died in Sunday's Metro-North train derailment at Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx, as other dozens of other victims remain hospitalized for their injuries. One passenger told the NY Times that she crawled through a broken window and saw the body of a woman thrown from the train, "You just see that, you think, 'Nobody survives that.' "

The people killed in the derailment were all NY state residents: Donna L. Smith, of Newburgh; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; and Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens. Lovell, a lighting and sound technician who had survived cancer and open-heart surgery, was heading to Manhattan to prepare for the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting. His son posted a photograph on Instagram, writing, "Words can't express how much my father meant to me. It's safe to say he molded me into the man I am today. I love you and I miss you. I can't believe your gone. This feels like an awful nightmare that I can't wake up from. Rest easy dad. I love you."

Today show producer Don Nash said, "He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met."

A neighbor of Smith's said that she was a Girl Scout troop leader, "She was a very, very lovely person. I'd ask her, 'Where you going?' And she'd say, 'We're going on a camping trip with my troop.' She was a hard worker. She carried on two jobs" -- as a paralegal and income-tax preparer." Another said that she was a "wonderful person, a very vibrant person, an active woman."

A woman who answered the door at Ferrari's house told the Wall Street Journal, "We're very upset, and his family's just lost an incredible, incredible man. We have nothing to share besides the pain that his wife and daughter feel right now," while Ahn's roommate said, "She was really nice." The MTA said in a statement, "The MTA extends its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. The MTA is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board."

Those who survived the wreck described the chaos. Ryan Kelly, who works as a photo retoucher at Century 21, said, "There was a lot of screaming and a lot of bodies flying around." Kelly himself was "thrown across back and forth and it came to, like, a halt, and there was just screaming"—his own left hand was crushed.

Front train car passenger Arbee Guivesus said to WCBS 2, "I thought I was going to die, to be honest. I thought, I’m going to die... Because we were near the water, so I thought if it falls down, we have no control. We’re just praying." According to the WSJ, "The jolt pushed Mr. Guiveses one seat over, leaving his left hand in a soft brace and wounds on the left side of his body. He was treated at New York Presbyterian Hospital."

Lisa Delgado's cousin, passenger Sharelle Coore, described to her what happened, "She said she felt like the train was going really fast, but we take Metro-North all the time, so she’s used to the train going fast. And she said she felt a jerk.. She just felt herself being flung. She saw the woman in front of her go through the window." Delgado continued, "She hit the side of her face on the glass and it shattered, and then it started to roll and she started to grab onto the railings and she wrapped herself like a monkey around it when it was rolling, and then it stopped rolling." Coore suffered a concussion.

The derailment occurred where the tracks turn on a sharp curve at Spuyten Duyvil, by the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. Emilie Miyuchi, who was in the first car, told the Daily News, "I was in the first car. I smashed my head against the window really hard. The train was going pretty fast as it was turning the corner and it felt like it was going out of control a second or two before it started to derail." The train's operator said that the brakes failed; the investigation is continuing.