Cold Spring, Montrose Residents Among Four Dead in Train Derailment
UPDATE (10:22 a.m. 12/2/13): The Hudson Valley Reporter yesterday wrote that a person had been a victim of the derailment and had suffered multiple injuries. We have since found out that our sources were inaccurate in describing the extent of the injuries that occurred. We have since taken down the information and regret publishing the error.
UPDATE (1:28 a.m.): Officials have confirmed the identities of the four people killed. They are James Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; Donna Smith, 54, of Newburgh; and James Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring. The fourth victim, Kisook Ahn, 35 of Queens, is reportedly a nurse who was taking the train home after working a shift at a nursing home in Ossining.
COLD SPRING, N.Y. – A Cold Spring man is among those killed in a Metro-North Railroad train derailment Sunday morning in the Bronx.
James Lovell was married to Philipstown Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery, and also leaves behind four children, Brooke, Finn, Jack and Hudson. He worked as a screenwriter, producer and audio technician, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Lovell was on the southbound Metro-North train that derailed, killing four people and leaving at least 67 people injured. The seven-car train left Poughkeepsie at 5:54 a.m. and was due at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43. The train derailed around 7:30 a.m. on a curved section of track near where a freight train derailed in July, just 100 feet from the Spuyten Duyvil Station.
“In terms of causes, we don’t know exactly what happened, but the NTSB is on its way,” said Tom Pendergast, president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “They’ll do a thorough investigation, and we’ll wait to see what the NTSB says before speculating on any causes.”
An estimated 100 passengers were on the train, but New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the exact number was unknown because of the various types of tickets that are used. Police said some people probably would go to hospitals on their own to seek treatment.
The motorman reported the derailment. Four MTA employees were working on the train, three conductors and the motorman. All have been accounted for. The motorman was in stable condition at a hospital.
Amtrak’s Empire Line was suspended between New York City and Albany. One train, No. 63, returned to Pennsylvania Station and another, No. 250, was held at Croton-Harmon.
“It’s obviously a very tragic situation,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The first order of business is to care for the people who were on the train. As you heard, unfortunately there are four fatalities, 63 injures, and those people are being cared for right now.”
From outside New York City, call 212-NEW-YORK (212 639-9675) to report anyone missing after the derailment. From within the city, call 311.
JFK High School at 99 Terrace View Ave. in the Bronx was established as a family center, and 718-817-7444 is the contact number for those seeking the status of family members who may have been aboard the train.
Staff writer Brian Donnelly contributed to this report.