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Ridgefield Man Who Survived Fatal Train Crash: It Could Have Been Me

Fred Buonocore of Ridgefield survived the train crash Tuesday in Valhalla, N.Y.
Fred Buonocore of Ridgefield survived the train crash Tuesday in Valhalla, N.Y. Photo Credit: LinkedIn profile photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- A Ridgefield man who usually rides in the front car of the Metro-North train for his commute home is perhaps alive today because he was running late on Tuesday, according to an interview with NBC Connecticut

Fred Buonocore, who works at the Equity Group in New York City, ran to catch his train Tuesday afternoon and ended up in a middle car of the Harlem Line train, according to the story. 

That train collided with an SUV at a crossing in Valhalla, N.Y., killing the driver of the car and five people in the front car of the train. 

Buonocore tore open the doors to his train car, cutting his hands, and jumped into the snow to safety and then helped others get off the train, he told NBC Connecticut. 

He said he probably knew the victims -- not by name, but by face -- because he sat every day in that front car -- the quiet car. 

One of the victims -- Aditya Tomar, 41 -- lived in neighboring Danbury. He worked at JP Morgan Asset Management in New York City.

Read and watch the full NBC Connecticut interview here

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