Investigators were focused on why the car was stopped at the crossing near the suburb of White Plains north of New York City before the Metro-North train
crashed into it during Tuesday evening's rush hour, pushing the vehicle about
1,000 feet down the line.
The rail broke into long pieces, penetrating the first train carriage as a fire broke out, apparently fueled by gasoline in the vehicle's fuel
tank Mujer Nike Air Vapormax 2018 Gris Rosa Baratas , gutted the rail car's interior, he said. At least one section of the electrified, or "third," rail
also entered the second carriage near its ceiling.
"This third rail is just basically piling up inside that first train car," Robert Sumwalt Hombre Nike Air Vapormax 2018 Rojas Negras Baratas , a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said at a news conference ahead of
a week of gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
Sumwalt said the NTSB expected to release data from the recorder on the train on Thursday.
Five train passengers and the woman who was driving the Mercedes sport utility vehicle that was stuck on the tracks were killed. Investigators said
they do not yet have an explanation for how the vehicle, which officials had
earlier mistakenly identified as a Jeep, became stuck on the tracks.
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Baratas , had four high-profile accidents in 2013 that led to a safety assessment by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
In a March 2014 report to the U.S. Congress, the FRA criticized the nation's second-largest railroad for a "poor safety culture" and "ineffective training".
The NTSB released a report late last year that also identified common safety issues, but Sumwalt said Tuesday's crash may be unrelated.
"I would be very cautious with trying to draw a nexus with what may have happened with Metro-North in the past and this accident," he said.
The crash appeared to be the deadliest rail accident in the New York area since March 1982, when nine teenagers in a van were killed when a train crashed
into them at a crossing in Mineola.
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trains collided in Connecticut, injuring more than 70.
Some 650 passengers regularly take the 5:44 train, which carries commuters through some of country's wealthiest suburbs.
Fifteen people were injured, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said. One passenger remained in critical condition and another passenger in "serious"
condition on Wednesday afternoon at the local trauma hospital along with six
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The Mercedes' driver was identified as Ellen Brody, a 49-year-old jewelry-shop worker with three children, according to Paul Feiner, the
Greenburgh town supervisor.
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One of the killed passengers was identified as Eric Vandercar, who worked at Mesirow Financial, according to a statement by his previous employer, Morgan
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Tourists drift at the Jiuwanxi scenic spot in Zigui County, central China's Hubei Province, May 28, 2017. People across China enjoy their three-day Dragon
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THE HAGUE, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Diplomatic tensions between the Netherlands and Turkey escalated on Saturday night after a convoy of Turkey's Minister of
Family and Social Policies Betul Sayan Kaya was halted for hours close to the
Turkish General Consulate in Rotterdam.
"I am being taken to Germany via the Nijmegen border with democratic and humanitarian values trampled underfoot," Kaya said Sunday on her official
Twitter, "I condemn this on behalf of all my citizens."
"The whole world should take a stance against such a fascist implementation in the name of democracy," she added.
Kaya entered the country at the German-Dutch border in a convoy by car and drove straight to the consulate in Rotterdam. Near the consulate, her car was
stopped by the police.
Around 1:00 a.m. local time (0200 GMT), the Turkish official left her car and was moved to another car. She was moved back to Germany under the Dutch police'
escort. A team of the Dutch Special Intervention Service arrived at the
consulate before midnight and assisted the intervention.
Kaya wanted to visit the Turkish consulate to speak at a rally for a "yes" vote in the forthcoming constitutional referendum in Turkey.
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