On Tuesday evening, a Metro-North train collided with an SUV that was crossing the tracks in Valhalla, NY. The devastating crash killed 6 and injured 15 passengers. The Harlem line train was heading toward Hawthorne station when the women, driving a Mercedes-Benz stopped on the tracks due to the crossing-barricade arm coming down on the back of her truck.
The impact of the collision made the electric third rail unhinge and pierce the lead car that then triggered a blast in the passenger’s compartments, That is where 5 of the passengers died. Sources have indicated that the driver of the SUV also died in the crash. Passengers could hear the blast from other cars and feared for their lives, panic-stricken they began to open emergency glass to exit the train cars as quick as could. There was a total of about 650 passengers on the train during the collision. Dozens of law enforcement officials and firefighters arrived to search for remaining passengers in the cars and extinguish flames.
NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said Wednesday morning. “We’ve got several busy days ahead of us,” he said, with the goal being to “find out what happened and why it happened . . . To keep this from happening again.” Investigators will be speaking to train operators and passengers to gain more information on the incident.
Officials at Westchester Medical Center said that four of the patients were discharged overnight. Those that are still hospitalized are being closely monitored, doctors are saying that they are “hopeful” that all of the patients will survive.
Metro-North riders will be experiencing delays and overcrowding on the Harlem line on Wednesday. There will be no stops made at Valhalla or Hawthorne until further notice.