Husband of Valhalla Metro-North crash victim continues fight for signage, lighting changes

The husband of a victim of the deadly Valhalla Metro-North crash sat down with News 12 on the five-year anniversary of the day six people were killed.

News 12 Staff

Feb 4, 2020, 1:06 AM

Updated 1,603 days ago

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The husband of a victim of the deadly Valhalla Metro-North crash sat down with News 12 on the five-year anniversary of the day six people were killed.
Ellen Brody died on Feb. 3, 2015 when a train struck her car on the tracks in Valhalla, leaving her trapped between crossing gates.
When asked about those who point the blame on Ellen Brody, Alan Brody disagrees.
"I say that she was brought into a situation of complete unawareness ... It's in the middle of a cemetery, it's dark, the signage is not legible, not viewable at night," says Alan Brody.
Alan Brody says minuscule changes like adding lights and adjusting signage could've prevented the tragedy.
"Stop signs are usually around 7 feet. These are 13. You need to be 75 feet or more away for it to light up. So, when you come around that turn at Valhalla, it's too close," says Alan Brody.
Five years have gone by, and Alan Brody is still pushing for change. Critics say nothing has been done.
"What happened with my wife is a wake-up call of sorts, and that's why I'm doing what I'm doing, but is that enough? I don't know. I hope it is," says Alan Brody.
 


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