Six dead after train hits car outside New York City: Reports

Six dead after train hits car outside New York City: Reports
Emergency workers stand near a burnt Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro North Railroad commuter train and a car that it hit near the town of Valhalla, New York, February 3, 2015.

NEW YORK - At least six people were killed on Tuesday when a commuter train crashed into a car on the rails outside New York City, local media reported.

The driver of the car was killed when the train slammed into the vehicle around 6:30 pm (2330 GMT) and five passengers aboard died after flames ripped through a carriage, NBC New York reported.

Metro-North, the train operator, confirmed a Harlem Line train had struck a vehicle but did not immediately announce fatalities.

Authorities scrambled to help hundreds of shell-shocked passengers off the train, which had departed from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) and passengers told NBC.

The collision occurred in Valhalla, just outside New York City.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed a blackened train car with its windows shattered.

Passenger Neil Rader was sitting in the middle-back of the train when he felt a "small jolt," he told NBC.

"It felt not even like a short stop, and then the train just completely stopped," he said.

Frantic passengers had to evacuate by breaking glass on the doors to get out, said Rader, adding that he saw 50 to 60 ambulances at the scene.

"I've never seen anything quite like it," he said.

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