Senator Schumer, Others Tour Train Wreckage, Crash Site

Feb 7, 2015

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and other elected officials Friday toured the wreckage of the Metro-North train from Tuesday’s fatal crash in Westchester County.

Credit Courtesy of National Transportation Safety Board

Schumer, after seeing the burnt first car of the train, said it was looking into a coffin.

“It’s so sad and gut-wrenching. It’s one of the worst experiences I’ve had in elected life.”

He and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with New York congressional representatives Nita Lowey and Sean Patrick Maloney also visited the crash site. Schumer said a lot of questions need answers.

“First and foremost, how did the third rail detach, pierce the bottom of that first car and end up in that car, 39-foot sections.”