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NTSB Will Announce Fatal Metro-North Crash Investigation Results

The scene at Commerce Street following the deadly train crash.
The scene at Commerce Street following the deadly train crash. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- There may finally be some answers into what happened in the deadly Metro-North Valhalla train crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be meeting on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in Washington D.C. to discuss its investigation and determine the probable cause of the Feb. 2015 train crash, which killed six and injured 15.

The board will then vote on whether to accept the results of the investigation which would lead to a full report. If the board rejects the results, the investigation will continue.

Ellen Brody, 49, of Edgemont had left her job in Chappaqua before encountering a traffic jam along the Taconic State Parkway in Mount Pleasant that followed a head-on collision. Brody was unfamiliar with the dark, narrow roads that crisscross the Taconic and railroad tracks in Valhalla.

As bumper-to-bumper traffic was detoured over railroad tracks at Commerce Street, Brody briefly stepped out of her Mercedes SUV to check a crossing gate that came down on the rear of her car raising new questions about the crash.

Also killed in the collision were: Bedford Hills residents Eric Vandercar, 53, and Walter Liedtke, 69; New Castle residents Robert Dirks, 36, and Joseph Nadol, 42; and Aditya Tomar, 41, of Danbury, Conn.

The crash was the deadliest incident in Metro-North's history. A preliminary report by the NTSB can be viewed here

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