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One Killed in Train Crash; New Haven Line Closed

April 6, 1988

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) _ A railroad worker was killed and two others injured when two empty commuter trains collided this morning, halting all service on Metro-North’s New Haven line at the height of the rush hour, authorities said.

An eight-car train moving at full speed crashed into the rear of a five-car train halted by a problem with overhead electrical wires about one mile west of the Mount Vernon station just north of New York City, said Mount Vernon police Lt. John O’Brien.

The dead worker, who was not identified, was believed to be the engineer of the second train, authorities said. His body was trapped inside the motorman’s compartment of the lead car, which was catapulted into overhead electrical wires on impact and came to rest atop the last car of the other train.

Three of the remaining cars of the second train were derailed and at least 100 feet of track was ripped from the ground. Windows, train seats, wires and torn metal was scattered for 300 feet along the tracks.

The railroad could not say when service would resume on the line, which spokesman Dan Brucker said serves 28,900 commuters each morning.

The two injured workers were listed in good condition in hospital. Train conductor Anthony Paturzo, 58, suffered bruises and Joseph Vanacore, 34, had a broken leg.

Four other workers on the trains were uninjured and were being interviewed by investigators trying to determine the cause of the accident, Metro-North spokeswoman Susan Gilbert said.

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