Seven Die As New York Train Hits Car

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A commercial train hit a vehicle at a level crossing north of New York City, resulting in the death of at least seven people and injuring 12, officials say. BBC reports:

The train, with about 800 passengers on board, hit the Jeep Cherokee near Valhalla – about 20 miles (32km) from New York – on Tuesday evening. The vehicle’s female driver was killed, along with six people on the train, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The car and front carriage of the train caught fire following the crash. The packed commuter train had left Grand Central Station in New York City and was heading to Wassaic in south-east New York State.

The crossing gates at the railroad had come down on top of the vehicle, which had stopped on the tracks, Metro-North Railroad spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

The driver got out to look at the damage, and then got back into the car to drive forward before it was hit by the train. It pushed the vehicle more than 120m (400ft). It is not yet clear why the vehicle stalled on the tracks.

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