Commuter Train Smashes Into SUV On Tracks, Killing 6 People

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Posted at 7:18 AM, Feb 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 07:57:06-05

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Transit officials say 15 people remain hospitalized after a commuter train smashed into an SUV stopped on the tracks at a crossing in suburban New York, killing five train riders and the car's driver.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority didn't immediately have a rundown of the hospitalized patients' conditions Wednesday. It's not immediately clear whether the Metro-North Railroad train's engineer and conductor are among them.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says a few injured people were treated and released from hospitals.

The crowded train hit the SUV in Valhalla on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of passengers scrambled to escape the smoky wreck.

Officials initially said the SUV was a Jeep Cherokee. But MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said Wednesday authorities have since realized the vehicle was a Mercedes.