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One Killed in Train Crash; Connecticut Commuter Line Closed

April 6, 1988

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) _ An empty commuter train slammed into the back of another empty train during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, killing a railroad engineer, injuring two other workers and shutting down the busy New Haven line.

The lead car of the moving eight-car train vaulted up into the overhead lines and came to rest on the rear car of the five-car train which had been stopped about a mile west of the Mount Vernon station.

Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker said it took more than an hour to extricate the body from the wreck.

The crash delayed thousands of passengers who commute to Grand Central Terminal.

The New Haven line handles 28,900 commuters each morning. Commuters were taken Wednesday by shuttle bus from the New Rochelle station on the New Haven line to the Mount Vernon West station on the Harlem line, which was not affected.

The two injured Metro-North workers were brought to Mount Vernon Hospital, said Pat Quaglieri, secretary for the director of public relations at the facility. Conductor Anthony Paturzo, 58, and Joseph Vanacore, 34, who suffered a broken leg, were in good condition, she said.

Two employees on the stopped train and two from the second train walked away uninjured, Gilbert said.

All four were being interviewed by investigators, she said. All six surviving employees on the two trains, as well as three control tower workers, were being tested for drugs and alcohol at Mount Vernon Hospital, Gilbert said.

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