VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has learned that signals and warning systems were working properly, and a Metro-North train was going below the speed limit, when it struck a sport-utility vehicle in an accident that left six people dead this week.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. Board member Robert Sumwalt also said Thursday that a witness account suggested the SUV driver seemed to have time to get off the tracks, but did not. Investigators were trying to obtain information from the driver’s cellphone records, and a computer module that was in her SUV.READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Good Samaritans Rescue Wheelchair-Bound Man Who Somehow Fell On Union Square Subway Tracks
The witness had decided to take Commerce Street near Lakeview Avenue in Valhalla due to traffic problems from an earlier accident on the Taconic State Parkway, Sumwalt said.
The witness said as he approached the Metro-North Line grade crossing where the accident later happened, traffic was “inching along.” He said he saw the SUV driver – identified as Ellen Brody, 49 — slowly move onto the crossing and stop, Sumwalt said.