A Metro-North train struck a vehicle and burst into flames killing several during rush hour in New York’s Westchester County, Tuesday (Feb. 3). Authorities say at least seven people are confirmed dead, including the driver of the SUV hit by the train.
Reports CBS New York:
The Jeep Cherokee was on the tracks at Commerce Street in Valhalla when it was struck by Harlem Line train No. 659 at 7:08 p.m., Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told WCBS 880. The train had left Grand Central Station at 5:45 p.m.
The gates came down on top of the vehicle, which was stopped on the tracks, the MTA said. The driver got out to look at the rear of the car, got back in, drove forward and became stuck, the MTA said.
WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported seeing an arm of the crossing guard arms down at the scene; it is unclear if the guard were down at the time of the accident.
The train shoved the car about 10 train car lengths north, the MTA said.
Metro North lines traveling outside out of Grand Central Station have been temporarily suspended.
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