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Several train crash victims expected to be discharged

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Sixty-three people were hospitalized after the train derailment on Sunday. Many of the victims of this weekend's train derailment in the Bronx were discharged from the hospital Monday, but some will be there for a while longer as they recover. YNN's Jon Weinstein reports.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Hilda Williams received a call she had trouble comprehending. After just being released from the hospital herself, she was told her sister Denise Williams, a retired Army dentist, was in critical condition, intubated and undergoing back surgery.

"She's so swollen and she, in the midst of all her pain, reached her hand out for mine and all I could do was kiss her hand because I was just so happy she was alive and not paralyzed," said Hilda Williams.

Williams is one of two patients in critical condition at New York Presbyterian. Seven patients were admitted in total. Twelve patients were taken to Saint Barnabas, with one in critical condition.

"We had a number of fractures, elbow, a few collar bones, clavicle fractures. Also, two patients with significant spinal injuries," said Dr. David Listman.

In all, 63 passengers were hurt, but most of the injuries were non life threatening. Still, doctors are warning that many of the passengers, including some of the youngest onboard, could develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"I'm sure there will be some degree of post traumatic stress for a number of the people. The 14-year-old who was traveling with his father, who was also injured, takes Metro-North to go to school in the Bronx and I spoke to his mom yesterday, when he was ready to be discharged, and she was very concerned, and rightfully so, from his perspective, how is he going to get back on a Metro-North train."

Meanwhile, Hilda Williams wants an explanation from the MTA.

Hilda Williams said, "I just really would like some answers in terms of what happened? What happened?"

Denise Williams and other critically injured patients could be in the hospital for many days to come. But doctors say even those passengers who were released could need follow up care.

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