Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, issued statements last night on the horrible Metro-North crash in Westchester in which six people were killed after a train crashed into an SUV that had stopped on the tracks at a crossing and burst into flames.
“Our hearts go out to those lost, we pray for those injured and our hats are tipped to the brave first responders who came to the scene of this tragic crash so quickly. I have spoken to Tom Prendergast, who has assured me that a full and thorough investigation has already begun.
“At this early stage, it is premature to point any fingers of blame, but there are many important questions that must be answered in the coming days.”
Here’s what Maloney had to say:
“I’m simply heartbroken. All of us who ride Metro-North are moms, dads, brothers, and sisters and with every accident, a family is torn apart by an unspeakable tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, families and first responders.
“As MTA and NTSB looks into this horrific incident in the days to follow, we need to know how and why this happened and then take real steps to prevent another tragic collision from ever recurring.”
Coincidentally, Maloney, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, had released a video clip earlier in the day of a hearing at which he probed a different train-safety issue: the vulnerability of oil-bearing train cars to a terrorist attack. One of the potential defenses he mentioned — positive train control — is something he has pushed for in the past for Metro-North and other rail lines, although it’s unclear if such technology could have prevented Tuesday’s horrific collision in Valhalla.
Here’s the clip of Maloney’s questioning in Washington.