Ellen Brody
The Journal News

At their board meeting on February 25, 2017, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that the woman from Edgemont, New York, who drove her car onto the Harlem Line train tracks on February 4, 2015, caused the deadliest crash in Metro-North history. The wreck at Valhalla crossing left driver Ellen Brody and five train passengers dead. Fifteen more people on board the train were injured.

The Board was immediately challenged by Brody’s husband, Alan Brody, who attended the meeting in Washington. Brody says the crash was the result of an antiquated rail crossing system.

The tragic accident has sparked more movement and budgetary funding for Positive Train Control (PTC) in the Rockland-Westchester area. Congresswoman Nita Lowey wants to invest about $200 million dollars into the implementation of PTC and says, such accidents, “…in recent years underscore the need to make rail safety a priority.”

When the NTSB’s accident report of the Valhalla trainwreck is finalized, it will be posted at this online repository where data is available from reports as of 1996.