A commuter train has hit a car at a level crossing north of New York City, killing at least seven people and injuring 12, officials say. The train, with about 800 passengers on board, hit the Jeep Cherokee near Valhalla- about 20 miles from New York on Tuesday evening. The vehicle’s female driver was killed along with six people on the train, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The packed commuter train had left Grand Central Station in New York City and was heading to Wassaic in south-east New York state. Mr Cuomo who visited the site said he witnessed ” a truly ugly and brutal sight.” He added: ” When you look at the damage done, it’s actually amazing that not more people were hurt.”
Passenger Justin Kaback told reporters : ” I was trapped. It was definitely scary- especially when people are walking by on the outside and said ‘ The train’s on fire’.” Another passenger, Jamie Wallace, said passengers had started to panic and shout for a fire extinguisher as flames spread to his carriage. Passenger Neil Radar told reporters that passengers had managed to flee the train by breaking glass on the doors to get out, adding: ” I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” Parts of the railroad remain closed on Wednesday.