A fatal train crash occurred north of New York City last night, cited as the deadliest accident in Metro-North Railroad’s history, CNN reported on February 4.
At a crossing in Valhalla, a Mercedes SUV was stopped on the tracks when the northbound train coming from Grand Central Station hit the vehicle, pushing it 400 feet. The collision caused a rail to rise from the tracks and crash through the first train car, which then ignited into flames. Tragically, six people were killed, including the SUV driver and five individuals from the first train car. Additionally, 15 individuals were injured, nine of whom suffered serious injuries, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
At the other end of the train, little was known about the accident, and most passengers remained unaffected by the impact. Some people fled from the front of the train when they smelled gasoline, and an announcement alerted them to the collision. The passengers left the train through emergency exits and by breaking windows after hearing shouts about fire.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said the crossing where the train accident took place should be further examined for improvement by the Department of Transportation. Astorino further stated that current reports did not find that the tracks themselves were defective, although the official cause of the accident has not yet been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating all aspects of the incident for the next five to seven days at the scene, while the cumulative investigation may take an entire year to conclude.
The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, hope for the quick recovery of those injured and extend their deepest condolences to all those suffering during this difficult time.
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