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NTSB Releases New Info On Metro-North Crash That Killed Danbury Man

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Kristin Poland sets up 3D Laser Scanner to create model of the damaged rail car.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Kristin Poland sets up 3D Laser Scanner to create model of the damaged rail car. Photo Credit: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday opened the public docket on the investigation into the deadliest crash in Metro-North history: The collision between a train and an SUV in Valhalla, N.Y., on Feb. 3 that killed six people and injured more than 12.

All told, 130 documents and 1,100 pages of information were released on the crash. A northbound train hit a Mercedes-Benz SUV driven by Ellen Brody of Edgemont, N.Y., at a rail crossing on the Harlem Line in Westchester County, N.Y. 

Brody was killed, and Aditya Tomar, 41, of Danbury, Conn., was among those killed on the first car of the train. 

According to the new information, there was no alcohol or illegal drugs in Brody's system and she was not using her cellphone when the 6:26 p.m. crash occurred. The last call she was involved in, a nine-minute call from her husband Alan, came at 6:11 p.m.

The opening of the docket is part of the ongoing investigation into the crash.

The docket will not include analysis but will include interview summaries, photographs, and factual reports. The analysis and probable cause for the accident will be issued at a later date, the NTSB said.

The NTSB docket can be accessed by clicking here.

In addition to Tomar and the 49-year-old Brody, the following area residents were killed in the crash: Robert Dirks, 36, of Chappaqua; Walter Liedtke, 69, of Bedford Hills; Joseph Nadol, 42, of western New Castle; and Eric Vandercar, 53, of Bedford Hills.

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