Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by wfgodot, Feb 3, 2015.
'Numerous' Fatalities in Metro-North Train Collision, Fire (ABC, with video)
more at the link
I just saw this on the 10 o'clock news. How horrific! My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims this evening. Hearing the account of what happened from the man who was in the car behind the woman (who got stuck between the gates) was heart wrenching.
How devastating. May they rest in peace.
Senator Schumer (NY) stated there are seven dead and 60+ injured.
Daily Mail, with several noteworthy pictures, plus video:
BREAKING NEWS: At least six dead and a dozen seriously injured after train
crashed into a car and burst into flames on the tracks just outside New York City
CBS NY, with videos: 7 Dead When Metro-North Train Hits Car In Valhalla, Catches Fire
Daily News update:
At least 7 dead and several injured after Metro-North train hits Jeep in Westchester
The reports are saying the driver got out, checked her car, got back in, pulled forward (onto the track) then was hit by the train. BUT, reports are also saying that she was OUTSIDE her car when the train struck. Was she trying to physically get out of the way? So completely awful. Still sending prayers to all affected by this tragedy.
The Jeep was stopped on the tracks when the railroad crossing gates came down on top of it. The driver got out to look at the back of the car, then got back in and drove forward when the train struck the Jeep, pushing it about 10 train-car lengths up the track. The Jeep driver and six passengers on the train were killed in the crash. Six hundred and fifty people were on board train No. 659, which departed Grand Central at 5:45 p.m. The train engineer was treated for his injuries at a hospital, but was not considered one of the casualties.
Metro-North Train Hits S.U.V., Killing 7 in Railroad’s Deadliest Accident
From the PIX11 article linked above.
Severed limbs, leaping flames and hands set on fire: Horrific scenes from Metro-North crash which left seven dead and a dozen seriously injured when train crashes into a Jeep and burst into flames outside New York City
Metro-North train crashed into Jeep Cherokee while traveling through Valhalla in New York on Tuesday night
At least seven people were killed and further 12 left seriously wounded in terrifying smash, officials said
One survivor from the first carriage said on Wednesday that one man had lost his leg below the knee, one commuter had a compound fracture while another had badly burned hands
Vehicle had stopped on the tracks for unknown reasons; the female driver tried to move forward but got stuck
Impact of commuter train pushed Jeep around 150 yards up tracks, before both vehicles exploded into flames
Crash comes just over a year after a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring 61
Harlem Line service is back up and running between Grand Central Terminal and North White Plains
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ulting-multiple-fatalities.html#ixzz3QmcOl3F0
Death toll in New York rail crash revised to six from seven (Reuters)
I think that article is wrong. She was inside the car when it got hit, from what eyewitness said.
The eyewitness who was behind her says the gate came on top of her car. She had time to come out and look at the car. Then she got into the car and drove forward right into the train path. Doesn't sound like she was stuck on the tracks, sounds like she was trying to beat the train but didn't make it.
"There was nobody behind me so I backed up real fast," Hope said. "She gets out of the car, walks over to the gate, grabs the gate, looks at me. I go back and I'm waving at her to come back. She grabs the gate and wiggles it around. And the whole time I'm thinking 'Time's running out here.' She goes around and gets into the car and steps on the gas and goes forward 15 feet, right in front of the train."
Pictured: Mother-of-three whose SUV got stuck and caused horror NY rail crash, killing her and five train passengers including curator at The Met and banker
Banker Eric Vandercar, 53, a married father-of-two, was named as the first of the train passengers who died
Driver of the SUV which stalled on the tracks identified as Ellen Brody, 49, who is married and has three children
Metro-North train crashed into Jeep Cherokee while traveling through Valhalla, New York on Tuesday night
Six people were killed - five in the train and the SUV driver - and further 12 left seriously wounded
Doctors at Westchester Medical said on Wednesday that one patient remained critical, one was in a serious condition, six others were fair/good and four of the injured had been discharged
One survivor from the first carriage said on Wednesday that one man lost his leg below the knee, one commuter had a compound fracture and another had badly burned hands
The impact was so forceful the electrified third rail pushed up from the track and was rammed through the first carriage of the train
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-bodies-burned-recognition.html#ixzz3Qp8QBkZG
When I was 16 or 17, I stopped for a red light, on railroad tracks. And then the gates started to come down. It was gridlock-ish traffic, so at first I thought there was no place to go, but I laid on the horn and started backing up while waving frantically out my window. Enough folks behind me managed to back up enough to let me get off the tracks (the arm of the gate ended up even with the very front of my car, and my rear bumper was resting on the car behind me). Seeing those lights start to flash and the gates start to come down and feeling stuck was one of the most terrifying moments of my life. The thought of getting out and running never even occurred to me.
I always stop well back from tracks now (and I cringe when I see folks who don't). And if I'm at a railroad crossing, when the arms start going up, I wait until they're all the way up, in case there's a second train coming.
I wonder if the driver of the SUV was on one set of multiple tracks, and thought she could bust through the gate in front of her? Or if she could have busted through the one behind her? It sounds like if she had just left her car where it was the train was on another set of tracks, and all would have been OK .
I have this feeling she may have panicked and thought she was in reverse to back away from the tracks and hit the gas that drove the suv forward.This happens with elderly people that drive into the front of businesses by hitting the gas and not in reverse.
I quoted the wrong post.
This was the post I was responding too.
L-o-n-g NYT piece:
After Metro-North Train Crash, Investigators Piece Through ‘Utter Chaos’
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