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Seven killed, 12 hurt in train mishap in New York suburb

Seven killed, 12 hurt in train mishap in New York suburb
A Metro-North train that had departed from the busy Grand Central Station in Manhattan at 5:45 in the evening on Tuesday smashed into the sport utility vehicle (SUV) on the tracks in Valhalla, a suburb of New York City.

The SUV was pushed about 400 feet along the track after the train plowed into it, officials said, as orange flames and black smoke erupted from the burning train at the height of rush hour. Hundreds rushed for the train exits as they evacuated near Valhalla. It was the deadliest crash in the history of Metro-North, the second busiest US commuter railroad.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that the gates at the railway crossing came down on top of the car, which was stopped on the tracks.

A woman, who was driving the car got out to look at the rear of the SUV, came back in and was struck by the approaching train as she drove forward. “You have seven people who started out today to go about their business and aren’t going to be making it home tonight,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference.

“This is a brutal site, the third rail of the track came up from the explosion and came right through the train car...the fire consumed the vehicle and then the first car of the train itself,” he said.
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