Train Engineer Said He Saw Car Move Onto Tracks Before NY Crash

The engineer of a commuter train that struck a sport-utility vehicle in suburban New York had activated the emergency brake and was blaring the horn in the seconds before impact, investigators said.

Traffic lights and warnings designed to keep the intersection with a Metro-North Railroad line through Valhalla, New York, clear of cars also appeared to have operated properly, Robert Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Thursday at a briefing.

NTSB investigators interviewed the engineer and a driver who was directly behind the SUV that was hit, and they read out data from the train and warning systems at the intersection, Sumwalt said.

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