Alan Brody, the widower of the driver who collided with the passenger rail, says he’s considering attending the meeting in four days, and hopes to hear what really happened. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning at its Washington, DC, headquarters to hear from investigators about the deadliest train crash in Metro-North’s history.

The scene of the Feb. 3 Valhalla train crash. Five of the victims were from Westchester. Albert Conte/The Journal News

Ellen Brody, 49, was confused by a detour caused by a nearby crash, and ended up on the tracks with a Metro-North train fast approaching- her husband Alan Brody has insisted. Courtesy Brody Family/NY Post

The night of February 3, 2015, a commuter train on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line collided with a passenger car at a grade crossing near Valhalla, New York. Fifteen people were injured and six were killed, including Ellen Broady, 49, who driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV. The other five victims were train passengers.

NTSB investigators have been particularly interested in determining why people on board the train were killed, which was a rarity in grade-crossing accidents. They believed that fuel from the SUV may have combined with sparks from the dislodged third rail to cause a fire on board the train. They were interested in finding out how the SUV driver got into the position she did in the first place; the detour caused by the earlier road accident may also have played a role.

The accident sparked conversation in Westchester County about public safety and Positive Train Control (PTC).


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