Railroad Crash Kills Six in Westchester

MTA Officials are reporting that a train accident on Tuesday night is the worst in the history of the service. According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press statement, the Metro-North railroad train was traveling north from Grand Central station when it collided with a black Jeep Cherokee stopped on the tracks in Valhalla in Westchester County, pushing the SUV about ten car lengths, killing the driver and five people on board the train. Initially, officials had reported that seven died in the accident, correcting the the number this morning. Officials at the scene stated that the SUV and first train car were engulfed in flames and later exploded, and 400 passengers were able to self-evacuate through the back of the train until first-responders arrived to assist. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino stated that twelve people were injured and the most damage was caused when the third rail crashed through the bottom of the first car. The injured were taken in ambulances and the remaining commuters were all taken to a local sports club while investigations began at the site. Officials have not reported what the woman was doing on the tracks, but witnesses reported to the associated press that the gate came down on top of her car and she attempted to pull the vehicle forward. The National Transportation Safety Board and MTA are continuing investigating the crash.

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