Six People Dead After New York Passenger Train Hits Car, Catches Fire

The Metro-North Harlem Line train struck a car Tuesday evening near Valhalla, New York. In addition to the dead, at least 12 were injured, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

A Metro-North train struck a car Tuesday evening near Valhalla, New York, leaving six people dead and more injured, officials reported.

The crash occurred on the northbound Harlem Line when the train struck a Jeep Cherokee on the Commerce Street crossing around 7:08 p.m., according to the MTA.

In a news conference late Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was amazing that more people had not been hurt.

Passengers recalled feeling a jolt, followed by a brief announcement, prompting hundreds to evacuate. The extent of injuries was not immediately known.

Front of train completely burnt out @RidgefieldPress @NewsTimes

The fire engulfed the Jeep and first car of the train. The fire spread to the first of the train's eight cars. Passengers described chaos after the crash.

People just opened the emergency door - they’re jumping out onto tracks. No guidance from @MetroNorth on what to do @NewsTimes

They used ladders and some broke emergency glass to evacuate, NBC reported.

Passengers found selves in darkened, snowy cemetery, all went in random directions looking for other ways home #BREAKING #abc7NY

Front of @MetroNorth train well on fire after hitting car @NewsTimes @RidgefieldPress

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Passengers and others at the scene described the horrific aftermath.

That’s all I can stomach. It’s a mess. Poor people

Horrific scene. 3rd rail totally through front train. Heavy fire and smoke damage. At least 7 dead and 10 hurt. Pray for the deceased.

The crash disrupted service throughout the line and closed nearby roads. Shuttle buses would serve some parts of the line on Wednesday, officials said.

Harlem Line Service is temporarily suspended btwn N White Plains & Pleasantville due to a train striking a motor vehicle near Valhalla.

In addition to local investigations, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday night it was sending a team to the scene.

NTSB launching go team to investigate Metro North crash this evening in Westchester County NY

The death toll in this post was updated:

New York state officials revised the death toll of the train crash to six people on Wednesday morning -- the driver of the Jeep and five people in the train. Earlier, New York state officials said seven people had died.

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