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New York train crash: electrified third rail punctur...

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Originally published on 06 February, 2015

Investigators looking into a train collision in New York are focusing on why a car was stopped at a railroad crossing near White Plains north of New York City.

A black Mercedes-Benz SUV was stalled on the tracks before a Metro-North train crashed into it on Tuesday evening. Hundreds of feet of electrified rail punctured the first two carriages of the commuter train after it hit the car, which was pushed almost 1,000 feet down the railroad, a federal investigator said on Wednesday.

The force of the impact also broke the rail into several long pieces that penetrated the first train carriage as a fire broke out. The fire was apparently fueled by gasoline in the car’s fuel tank. At least one section of the electrified third rail also entered the second carriage near the ceiling, according to investigators.

Robert Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said the National Transportation and Safety Board is expected to release data from the train’s recorder on Thursday, according to Reuters.

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