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2 hurt by trains in separate incidents

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Ouch... 2 MNRR incidents in one weekend.

 

http://www.lohud.com/article/20107260333

 

Train vs Car photos:

http://jukebox.lohud.com/photos/refers/index.php?gallery=Train%20vs%20car%2007-25-10

 

 

Two people were injured Sunday in separate

incidents involving trains in Ossining and

Patterson, authorities said.

 

A 19-year-old Ohio man was critically injured early

Sunday while sitting on the platform at the Ossining

Metro-North Railroad station, while a driver was

injured in Patterson when his car was struck by a

Metro-North train just south of the Patterson

station.

 

In Ossining, the man was sitting on the platform

with his legs dangling over the edge around 1 a.m.

when a northbound CSX freight train hit him, Metro-

North spokesman Dan Brucker said.

 

The man was taken to Westchester Medical Center in

Valhalla for severe head, back and leg injuries and

remained in critical condition Sunday night.

 

Brucker said the man took a Metro-North train and

was supposed to get off in Tarrytown to be with

friends, but instead ended up in Ossining.

 

The CSX engineer saw the man at the edge of the

platform, sounded his horn and hit the emergency

brakes, but wasn't able to avoid hitting him, Brucker

said. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police

continue to investigate the incident.

 

In Patterson, the driver of a Honda sedan was

injured when his car was struck about 7 p.m. by a

Metro-North train while crossing the tracks at

Marble Quarry Road, just south of the Patterson

train station.

 

Patterson Assistant Fire Chief Edward J. O'Connell

said firefighters extricated one person from the r

ollover and rushed him to Danbury (Conn.)

Hospital. O'Connell said the driver was

communicating with safety personnel.

 

Firefighters initially thought a passenger may have

been thrown from the vehicle after the train hit it,

but they later determined that there were no

passengers.

 

The crossing on private land at Marble Quarry Road

has warning lights, but there is no gate. Brucker

said any decision on whether to install a railroad

crossing is made by local officials or, in the case of

private property, by the landowner.

 

Information on the identities of the two men was not

immediately available.

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People just don't learn anything. Sitting on the platform is very dangerous, but yet people do it.

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You'd think they'd perhaps find a way to exercise their stupidity without inconveniencing others.

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