Passengers record panicked footage inside fatal New York train crash

The railway has dealt with a spate of accidents in the last few years.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Feb 4, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 3:08 pm CDT

Tuesday evening, a rush-hour Metro-North train crashed into an SUV on the tracks near the town of Valhalla, some 20 miles north of New York City, killing six and injuring more than a dozen. It was the deadliest accident in the railway’s history, and service remains disrupted.

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In the brief YouTube clip below, relayed to Twitter by @geoffisfamous, panicky passengers jammed together in the train’s second car attempt to force their way out following the impact.

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Many are shouting for the mob to keep moving forward, and eventually one man opens a set of doors. “The third rail is on the other side,” he says as others point out a safety ladder.

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The catastrophe continues a trend of Metro-North accidents in recent years, including a 2013 derailment in the Bronx that claimed four lives, later blamed on the conductor’s sleep apnea.

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Photo via Respectability Films/YouTube    

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*First Published: Feb 4, 2015, 2:54 pm CST