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At least seven people were killed when a commuter train hit a car on a level crossing north of New York City on Tuesday evening, in what could be the worst passenger train crash in the US since 2009.
Metro-North said one of its trains hit a Jeep Cherokee vehicle at 6.30pm at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla, New York.
Rob Astorino, chief executive of Westchester County, which covers Valhalla, said on Twitter from what he called the “horrific scene” that at least seven people had died and 10 had been injured. “Pray for the deceased,” he wrote.
Metro-North, part of the New York area’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said there were “numerous confirmed fatalities”, including the female driver of the Jeep.
Andrew Cuomo, New York’s state governor, said at a press briefing at the scene that the car appeared to have stopped on the crossing and to have been hit by the train.
“The resulting fire and explosion consumed the car and the first car of the train itself,” he said. “At this point, we believe the driver of the car has perished, as well as six people on the train itself.”
The third rail that powered trains on the line had been pushed up into the carriage and done considerable damage, the governor added.
“It’s a truly devastatingly ugly situation to see,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.ft.com
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