The NTSB has said that railroad crossing preemption system should have been given priority, though it was not.Ellen Brody’s husband, Alan Brody, said he believes this is how his wife ended up stuck on the tracks, unable to drive forward or backward as the trained barrelled toward the crossing.
The investigation into the 2015 Valhalla crash has taken longer than many, if not most of the investigations into other Metro-North train crashes. It’s been almost 30 months since the Valhalla crash — it 10 months it took for the NTSB to issue a report on the 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment and 17 months after a head-on collision between two Metro-North trains in Bridgeport, Conn.
The delay has reportedly been a difficulty in the several of the lawsuits that were filed after the crash.“I wish I had more info, because we’d like to have this to be resolved as soon as possible,” Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi, whose town is named in several of the lawsuits, said last year. “I’d like the issue to be taken off the backs of our taxpayers.”
In addition to a cause, the NTSB will also vote on safety recommendations, which could range from increasing signage to a complete closing of the crossing itself.The comparatively low volume of traffic at the crossing may play a factor — only 1,000 cars cross the tracks each day, according to the Federal Railroad Administration — as will the history of the crossing prior to 2015.
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