February 6th, 2015
New York City area commuters are still feeling aftershocks from the deadliest train accident in the history of the Metro-North Railroad. Earlier this week, six people — five men inside the train and the woman behind the wheel of an SUV stopped on the tracks — died in the accident in New York’s suburban Westchester County.
The force of the fatal crash between the train going nearly 60 mph and the car was so severe that the electrified third rail broke off and pierced the vehicle’s chassis and gas tank before penetrating the first train car and igniting a "fierce fire," investigators said Wednesday.
At least 15 others were injured.
The accident hit close to home for media consultant Jim Cameron, a 19-year member of the Connecticut-Metro North Rail Commuter Council and founder of a new advocacy group, The Commuter Action Group.