Candlelight vigil held for Metro-North victims

A candlelight vigil was held in Mount Pleasant Wednesday for the six people who were killed in the worst train crash in the history of Metro-North.



On Feb. 3, 2015, a Metro-North Harlem line train packed with hundreds of evening commuters slammed into a Mercedes SUV at the Commerce Street grade crossing. Ellen Brody, of Edgemont, drove onto the tracks as the train crossing gate came down on her vehicle. The fiery collision sent the electrified third rail into the first car of the train. Five passengers, all in the first car, were killed along with Brody. Fifteen more people were seriously injured.



One of focal points during the tragedy was at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall, as town leaders and emergency workers tried to help make sure that the families of the victims were safe.



Dozens gathered inside the Town Hall Wednesday to light candles in memory of the lives lost.



Town officials also reflected on the tragedy and gave thanks to the emergency responders who rushed to the scene.



Town officials say they never want something like the Metro-North crash to happen again in any town, and they hope leaders on the state and federal level will commit to safer railway crossings.


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