6 Dead, 12 Injured After Metro-North Train Collides With Car

Six people were killed when a Metro-North train packed with commuters from New York City hit a car on the railroad tracks in Westchester at the height of evening rush hour, sparking a fiery crash that's also injured at least 12 people, officials say.

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Board Member Robert Sumwalt views damaged rail car involved in Metro-North train accident. (NTSB)
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An official looks at a SUV that was crushed and burned at the front of a Metro-North Railroad train on Wednesday in Valhalla, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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A National Safety Transportation Board employee crouches down to get a better look at the front of a Metro-North Railroad train that collided with an SUV in Valhalla, New York, on Wednesday. Five train passengers and the SUV's driver were killed in Tuesday evening's crash about 20 miles north of New York City. Authorities said the impact was so forceful the electrified third rail came up and pierced the train. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a Metro-North Railroad passenger train and vehicle accident in Valhalla, New York on Tuesday. A packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks and the front of the train and the vehicle burst into flames, authorities said.
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A packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks and the front of the train and the vehicle burst into flames, authorities said. Six people were killed and 12 hurt in the commuter railroad's deadliest crash, officials said.
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NBC 4 New York's Chopper 4, first on scene, shows the aftermath of the Metro-North collision. The front train cars smoldered for hours, sending thick plumes of smoke into the air.
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Metro-North Railroad spokesman Aaron Donovan says the train struck a vehicle at a railroad crossing about 20 miles north of New York City. The Jeep driver and five passengers on the train were killed in the crash, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
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"This is truly an ugly, brutal sight," Gov. Cuomo said. "The third rail of the track came up from the explosion and went right through the car, so it is truly a devastatingly ugly situation to see."
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Passengers' accounts of the crash varied according to where they were sitting along the train. Those in back reported only feeling only small "jolts" or "jerks" upon impact, while those sitting toward the front heard a loud explosion and saw smoke quickly filling their cars.
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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a Metro-North Railroad passenger train and vehicle accident in Valhalla, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The National Transportation Safety Board launched a team to the crash site to investigate.
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Emergency personnel look at a rail of steel that punctured two cars of a Metro-North Railroad train at the site of an accident in Valhalla, New York, on Wednesday. The packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle stuck on the tracks and erupted into flames Tuesday night, killing several people and sending hundreds of passengers scrambling for safety, authorities said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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An investigator points to an SUV that was crushed and burned at the front of a Metro-North Railroad train on Wednesday in Valhalla, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Investigators look at a Metro-North Railroad train on Wednesday in Valhalla, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Emergency personnel look over the site of a collision between a Metro-North Railroad train and an SUV in Valhalla, New York, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Authorities wearing Federal Railroad Administration vests look over the wreckage of a Metro-North Railroad train and a SUV in Valhalla, New York, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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A sport utility vehicle remains crushed and burned at the front of a Metro-North train on Wednesday in Valhalla, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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A police officer looks at a SUV that was crushed and burned at the front of a Metro-North Railroad train on Wednesday in Valhalla, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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A police officer walks in front of a Metro-North train stopped on the tracks on Wednesday in Valhalla, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Emergency personnel dressed in protective suits look over the site of a collision between a Metro-North Railroad train and an SUV in Valhalla, New York, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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NTSB investigators examine the burned rail car involved in the Metro-North train accident. (NTSB)
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NTSB investigators examine the burned rail car involved in the Metro-North train accident. (NTSB)
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Flames go up after the Metro-North collision with a driver. (Ray Garcia)
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Police and firefighters arrive on the scene immediately following the Metro-North crash. (Ray Garcia)
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Firefighters start putting out the fire that ensued due to the Metro-North collision. (Ray Garcia)
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Firefighters work to extinguish the fire brought on by the Metro-North collision. (Ray Garcia)
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