Breaking: train vs car crash in NYC
WESTCHESTER — Hitting all the newswires, at least six people have died this Tuesday evening when a New York commuter train struck a car near the town of White Plains, setting the cars and front of the train on fire, an MTA spokesman said.
Metro-North Harlem line service, heading to New York City, was suspended between North White Plains and Pleasantville after the collision which occurred at the Commerce Street grade crossing north of the Valhalla station, according to witnesses. (The Harlem Line train runs from Harlem, a borough of Manhattan, to Wassaic in southeast New York state.)
The train, which left Grand Central at 5:45 p.m., was running express after leaving White Plains when it suddenly came to a screeching halt just north of the Valhalla station, witnesses said.
Passengers were told of the accident over the public address system then evacuated through the back of the train.
The cause of the accident is still unknown. It was also not immediately clear if there was some sort of malfunction with the crossing gates at the intersection, the spokesman said.
There were a reported 750 people on the train, trapped, unable to get off while people outside were telling them the train was on fire.
The Mount Pleasant Police Department, did not immediately provide information on injuries or fatalities.
UPDATE: FEB 4th,2015
The fatality number has now jumped to 7. The MTA says the female driver of the car was struck and killed, along with at least six pass angers on board the train. At least 12 people were injured, officials say.
“This is sadly a reminder why its an absolute must to stop on the tracks, especially in treacherous weather like we’re seeing hear and now in the eat coast. It appears according to witnesses, the woman driver tried to go over the crossing gate and it closed, so it hit her car. After getting out and inspecting the damage the gate had done to her car, she then returned and got back into her vehicle, that’s when the express train hit her. Not a great place to inspect your vehicle. Accidents are just that.. Accidents. Unavoidable and sad. This accident could have been preventable. Our sincere condolences go out to all the families and loved ones of the victims of this tragic accident. Say Mr. Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer.