Taxi companies fined for overcharging after derailment

Two Westchester taxi companies are accused of ripping off customers the night of the deadly Metro-North train crash in Valhalla last February.



The crash left thousands of commuters from Connecticut to Manhattan stranded, causing many to take taxis home instead.



Two companies -- Eagle Car Service, of Mount Kisco, and Intrepid Taxi Corporation, of White Plains -- took advantage of the situation and demanded higher rates.



The attorney general's office found that the companies were overcharging their customers, fining them each $375.



Assemblyman David Buchwald said the companies got what they deserved for taking advantage of people in a time of need.



"At a moment of great tragedy, we should all be looking to help fellow residents, businesses have that responsibility too just as well as residents," he said.


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