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Metro-North Collides with SUV in Fatal Accident

Six people were killed and 15 injured during the evening rush hour on Feb. 3 when a northbound Metro-North commuter train collided with a black Jeep SUV that appeared to stop on a crossing near Valhalla, Westchester County, New York. Those killed include the driver of the SUV and five passengers.

The Harlem Line train was carrying approximately 400 passengers; the train typically carries about 650 riders, reported officials of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes Metro-North.

Metro-North officials evacuated passengers through the rear of the train and the train operator, who sustained injuries, helped other passengers off the train, witnesses reported.

"The entire MTA family's thoughts are with the relatives and loved ones of the victims of last night's tragedy," said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast the day after the incident. "We are tremendously saddened by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them. We also thank the first responders who assisted with safely removing the passengers from the trains and transporting those who were injured to area hospitals. And we extend our gratitude to the American Red Cross, local hospitals and communities who have provided care and assistance during this difficult time."

Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti reiterated the agency's commitment to safety. "We want Metro-North's customers to know that they can remain confident that their safety, and the safety of our employees, is always the first priority in everything we do," he said. "We will work closely with the NTSB and local officials to determine the exact cause of this tragedy and work to ensure such incidents are not repeated."

Metro-North is cross-honoring tickets on two other lines and offering free parking at a station in northwestern Westchester County. It also set up a family assistance center and phone hotline.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent investigators to the scene.
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