UPDATE: Senator says commuter train was going under speed limit
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York senator says early indications are that the commuter train that crashed into an SUV in suburban New York was traveling at about 58 mph, within the speed limit.
Sen. Charles Schumer told reporters Wednesday that train speed limits in that area are between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
The SUV was stopped on the tracks at a crossing when the Metro-North Railroad train came through Tuesday evening. The SUV driver and five men on the train were killed, and more than a dozen people were injured.
A witness said the crossing's safety gates came down around the SUV amid backed-up traffic. The witness said the driver got out of the vehicle, then got in and pulled onto the tracks.