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Investigations Continue into New York Train Crash

Emaan Elahi2 years ago

According to KIII-TV, a train crashed into an SUV while the SUV was inside the railroad crossing gates of a New York railroad.

Details of the New York Train Crash

Investigators claim that the driver of the SUV and five train-passengers died at the scene following the collision.

National Transportation Safety Board Vice President Chairman Robert Sumwalt states that the Metro-North Railroad train’s engineer pressed the emergency brakes and sounded the horn before the crash happened. The train was traveling 59 mph in a 60 mph zone.

The driver of the SUV got ahead of the crossing gate and got out of the car after the gate hit the back of her car. She then got back in the car and drove onto the track.

The engineer of the train claimed he saw the car drive onto the tracks. There were flashing warning lights at the crossing before the crash. No problems were found in the warning signals and there were painted warning signed on the crossing’s pavement.

After the crash, the SUV and part of the train went up in flames. This has become the deadliest accident in the 32-year history of that commuter railroad. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the crash to ignite so much fire.

They have examined the emergency exits, the crash-worthiness of the train cars, the SUV driver’s familiarity with her car, whether she was using her cell phone, and design of the Metro-North line’s third rail.

Railroad Accident Statistics

  • The Federal Railroad Administration recorded 2,087 train accidents in 2013, up from 1,971 in 2012. These accidents resulted in 251 deaths and 929 injuries.
  • It is estimated that 75-percent of all train v. motor vehicle collisions occurred with 25 miles of the motorist’s home and 50-percent occurred within five miles of the motorist’s home.
  • Motorists are 20 times more likely to die in a collision with a train that a collision with another motor vehicle.


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