At least six people were killed Tuesday after a Metro-North commuter train struck two cars just north of the train station, emergency responders said.
As many as 12 others were said to be injured in the crash.
The crash, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. ET near the Commerce Street crossing, caused an explosion that ignited both the cars and the train.
Numerous police and fire departments are responding for a “mass-casualty” incident. Authorities could not yet say how serious the injuries are or if anyone is believed to have been killed.
David Billig, director of media relations at Westchester County Medical Center, could not confirm any of the injuries, but said that officials at the hospital, one of the only Level 1 trauma centers in the area, were readying for patients from the crash.
A spokesman for the MTA said the train was heading northbound and had left Grand Central Terminal at 5:45 p.m. and was headed northbound to make its first stop at Chappaqua.
Riders on the train were being evacuated through the rear train car. “Walking wounded” are being taken to The Cliffs at Valhalla, a rock-climbing gym near the scene, police Sgt. Michael McGuinn of the Mount Pleasant, N.Y., Police Department said.
The club is being used as a staging area to evaluate the wounded, and to transport the uninjured to other points so they can continue their trip, McGuinn said.
The Valhalla, Hawthorne, Elmsford and North White Plains fire departments are responding to the scene. Police units from the MTA, Mount Pleasant and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety also responded. New York state troopers were assisting with traffic control.
Service on the Harlem Line is suspended between North White Plains and Pleasantville.
A large emergency response team had already been in the area responding to a head-on crash on the Taconic State Parkway. The parkway is now closed to northbound traffic and is expected to remain so for several hours.
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SOURCE: USA Today / The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News – Matt Spillane