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Medical Examiner: Train Crash Victims Who Died Suffered Injuries And Burns

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

A New York medical examiner has found that all six of the people killed in a collision between a commuter train and an SUV suffered blunt-force injuries and burns.

The findings are based on autopsies conducted by the Westchester County medical examiner's office. A statement released Tuesday by the county does not specify the cause of death for any of those killed nor does it specify whether the blunt-force injuries were caused by the impact on the tracks or by the pieces of third rail that speared into both the train and SUV. It says the medical examiner's final report will not be completed until the conclusion of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The collision at a railroad crossing February 3 in Valhalla killed five men on a Metro-North commuter train and a woman whose SUV was hit by the train. A fire erupted and pieces of the railroad's electrified third rail pierced the SUV and the train.

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