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Report: NTSB Will Cite Unusual Rail Design In Deadly 2015 Metro-North Crash

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Kristin Poland sets up 3D Laser Scanner to create model of the damaged rail car.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Kristin Poland sets up 3D Laser Scanner to create model of the damaged rail car. Photo Credit: NTSB

More than two years after the worst crash in Metro-North history, Federal investigators will say the Feb. 3, 2015 crash between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six and injured 15 was extra dangerous because of an unusual rail design, the Associated Press is reporting, citing an anonymous official.

The National Transportation Safety Board will release its findings Tuesday in a pair of press conferences at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Washington D.C.

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.

According to info previously released by the NTSB in a docket, there was no alcohol or illegal drugs in SUV driver Ellen Brody's system and she was not using her cell phone when the 6:26 p.m. crash occurred. The last call she was involved in, a nine-minute call from her husband Alan, came at 6:11 p.m.

The 49-year-old Brody, of Edgemont, had stopped on the tracks between the lowered crossing gates before getting out of the Mercedes SUV to inspect the damage to her vehicle before driving forward and being struck by the oncoming train, witnesses said.

In addition to Brody, the following area residents were killed in the crash:

Robert Dirks, 36, of Chappaqua; Walter Liedtke, 69, of Bedford Hills; Joseph Nadol, 42, of western New Castle; Aditya Tomar, 41, of Danbury, Conn., and Eric Vandercar, 53, of Bedford Hills.

The NTSB docket can be accessed by clicking here.

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