Commuter train crash killed Six in US

February 4, 2015 10:06 am
A slammed into a sport utility vehicle stuck on the
tracks Tuesday evening, killing 6 people, mostly on the train, and
injuring at least 12 others, authorities said.
The northbound
train struck a Jeep Cherokee at a railroad crossing in Valhalla, about
20 miles (32 kilometers) north of City, Metro-North Railroad
spokesman Aaron Donovan said. Killed were the SUV’s driver and five
people aboard the train, he said.
The railroad track gates had
come down on top of the SUV, which was stopped on the tracks, the
Metro-North spokesman said. The driver got out to look at the rear of
the vehicle, then she got back in and drove forward and was struck, he
said.

 A Metro-North Railroad passenger train smolders after hitting two vehicles in Valhalla. Photo / AP

Passengers
got off from the rear of the train. About 400 of them were taken to a
local rock climbing gym for shelter. Buses were sent to pick them up and
take them to their destinations.
Service on a portion of Metro-North’s Harlem Line has been suspended.
Metro-North
is the nation’s second-busiest railroad, after the Long Island
Road. It was formed in 1983. It serves about 280,000 riders a day in New
York and Connecticut.
Late last year, the National
Transportation Safety Board issued rulings on five Metro-North accidents
that occurred in New York and Connecticut in 2013 and 2014, repeatedly
finding fault with the railroad while also noting that conditions have
improved.
Among the accidents was a Dec. 1, 2014, derailment that
killed four people in the New York City borough of The Bronx. The NTSB
said the engineer had fallen asleep at the controls because he had a
severe, undiagnosed case of sleep apnea.

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