More than 270 people are killed at railroad crossings each year, including six on Metro-North trains this year. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says technology exists to prevent more deaths.
Earlier this year, a Harlem Line train crashed into an SUV in Valhalla, N.Y., killing five people on the train and the SUV’s driver. In 2012, a Danbury Branch train collided with a car in West Redding, killing the car’s driver and a passenger. There were also two other local derailments in the past few years.