Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

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Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby vingong » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:30 pm

Train involved was reportedly the 659, the 5:44 Harlem Line express from Grand Central to Southeast. Thoughts and prayers to those affected.

Metro-North train hits two cars in Westchester — all three burst into flames
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mass-casualty-incident-metro-north-train-hits-car-article-1.2102293

The Harlem line train slammed the vehicles, which were on the track on the Commerce St. crossing in the hamlet of Valhalla, at 6:30 p.m., authorities said. The front of the train and both cars burst into flames, according to a Metro North spokesman.

The Harlem line train slammed the vehicles, which were on the track on the Commerce St. crossing in the hamlet of Valhalla, at 6:30 p.m., authorities said. The front of the train and both cars burst into flames, according to a Metro North spokesman.

Service on the Hudson Line was suspended between North White Plains and Pleasantville, the Metro North spokesman said.n said.
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Harlem Line Train On Fire

Postby ACeInTheHole » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:31 pm

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6 dead, multiple injuries after 2 cars, train collide in Valhalla
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2015/02/03/train-car-collide-valhalla-mass-casualties/22822737/
At least six people were killed Tuesday after a Metro-North commuter train struck two cars just north of the train station, emergency responders said.

Multiple others were said to be injured in the crash.

The crash, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. near the Commerce Street crossing, caused an explosion that ignited both the cars and the Harlem Line train.

A large emergency response team had already been in the area responding to a head-on crash on the Taconic State Parkway. The parkway is now closed to northbound and southbound traffic and is expected to remain so for several hours.
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla

Postby charlie6017 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:53 pm

Here's more on this breaking news story......prayers to all involved.

6 dead after Metro-North train hits car in New York
http://jewishfeed.com/2015/02/metro-north-train-on-fire-after-hitting-car/
spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said about 800 to 850 people were on board the train, which has eight cars. Emergency responders at the scene said all passengers had been evacuated from the train, but the number of injured was not immediately known.


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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla

Postby John_Perkowski » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:02 pm

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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby glennk419 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:04 pm

This is not at all good. It sounds like a car was stalled on the tracks and there are multiple victims. Fortunately, the train remained on the rails.

Prayers and condolences to all involved.
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby nomis » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:05 pm

It appears from pictures linked that the 4333 was the leading MU on the consist.

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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby DutchRailnut » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:10 pm

ny post reports 7 killed 9 injured

7 dead after Metro-North train collides with car
http://nypost.com/2015/02/03/metro-north-train-collides-with-2-cars-causing-massive-explosion/
At least seven people were killed and 9 injured after a car collided with a Metro-North train in Westchester on Tuesday night, according to law enforcement sources.
The vehicle and the front of the Harlem line train to burst into flames killing one in the car and six on the train, sources said.
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MNRR Harlem Line Accident

Postby 4400Washboard » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:13 pm

6 confirmed dead after 2 vehicles struck in Valhalla

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/02/03/ ... rlem-line/

This hasn't been a good past 2 years for metro north...

EDIT: Never mind this post. It has been merged into this one. Sorry for the wrong link, I didn't paste the correct URL (Since fixed^)
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby glennk419 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:21 pm

After seeing the latest pictures, best wishes to the engineer.
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby Jeff Smith » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:54 pm

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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby Head-end View » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:21 pm

So of course the idiot news stations are comparing this incident to the December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil crash, as if there were any similarity between the two incidents. Ignorance and sensationalism at its best (or worst).

Has anyone heard anything about the condition of the engineer and other crew members?
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby SwingMan » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:32 pm

All three crew members on the train were reported to be accounted for, thankfully. However, still very tragic event.
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby pnaw10 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:40 pm

WNBC-TV posted a 2-minute video from Chopper 4, showing the entire length of the train.
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Me ... 16911.html

You could see the rear of the train was just barely still "fouling" the crossing, so it took nearly 8 car lengths to stop -- approximately 225 yards. While it's tough to see, they showed the crossing bars were down and the lights were blinking. Hopefully other media outlets take that into consideration before speculating against the engineer, the crossing signals, or "filling time" with a recap of MNR's history.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, and sympathies to the loved ones of those who lost their lives.
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby justalurker66 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:45 pm

SwingMan wrote:All three crew members on the train were reported to be accounted for, thankfully. However, still very tragic event.


That is good to hear.
Passenger fatal accidents are horrible. I look forward to the official explanations of what occurred.
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Re: Major grade-crossing accident in Valhalla 2/3/15

Postby Chessie GM50 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:45 pm

Head-end View wrote:So of course the idiot news stations are comparing this incident to the December 2013 Spuyten Duyvil crash, as if there were any similarity between the two incidents. Ignorance and sensationalism at its best (or worst).


Appeal to fear at its finest. Prepare to hear nothing but ill-informed rhetoric from people who didn't know the Harlem line even existed until today.

Best wishes to all those affected: be it train crew, passengers, or the family of the Jeep's driver.
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