Credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880
Seven people were killed Tuesday evening, when a Metro-North commuter train struck a car and caught fire during the evening rush hour in Valhalla New York.
Flames and smoke poured out of a train carriage on the Harlem Line, for hours after the main fire was extinguished. The interiors were scorched.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said follow-up investigations would determine exactly what happened, but first responders suggest both the fire and explosion were the result of the train hitting the vehicle.
“You have seven people who started out the day to go about their business and aren’t going to be making it home tonight. And it’s a painful reminder to all of us how precious life is, and sometimes, how random it can be,” Cuomo said. “This is a truly ugly and brutal sight. The third rail of the track came up from the explosion, and went right through the car, so it is truly a devastatingly ugly situation to see.”
The gates came down on top of the vehicle, which was stopped on the tracks, the MTA said. Astonishingly the driver got out to look at the rear of the car, then got back in, drove forward and became stuck. The train pushed the car about 10 train car lengths north, the MTA said.
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