The Long Island Rail Road train came off the tracks at the Atlantic Avenue station during the morning rush hour at around 8.30am local time.
Train windows smashed and seats were ripped from the floor as the carriages derailed, forcing passengers to be evacuated.
The number of people injured in the crash was 103, the New York Fire Department confirmed.
They wrote on Twitter: “103 injuries reported at scene of Atlantic Terminal LIRR train derailment, all non-life-threatening.”
“It was total chaos. There was smoke on the train, and we were sitting there in shock ”
Passengers have told of the terrifying panic after they heard a loud bang when the train slammed into the station.
A passenger named Amanda described how she was flung onto the floor as they arrived at the terminal.
She told CBS New York station WCBS-TV: “I was getting up from my seat, and there was a loud impact, and I flew forward and then flew backward.
“It was total chaos. There was smoke on the train, and we were sitting there in shock.”
Another visibly shaken woman said: “I don’t know, all I remember is being on the floor.”
Some of the injured were taken away on stretchers while others were seen holding ice packs to their heads, according to local media.
An estimated 600 people were travelling on the train during this morning’s rush hour.
Pictures on social media show the carriages tipped slighly to the side and the interiors damaged.
There were chaotic scenes as commuters evacuated the busy train and smoke billowed from the carriages.
Transit delays and closures near the scene were reported by New York City’s official emergency notification system.
It comes after a woman died when a runaway train ploughed into people in Hoboken, New Jersey, earlier in the year.
Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, was killed after the commuter trained crashed during rush hour in September.
This article passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Recommended article: The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False.