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One victim in Sunday's derailment is from Putnam County

Putnam adds shuttles for morning commute
Eric Gross

Sunday’s derailment of a Metro North train in the Bronx that claimed four lives and injured 67 passengers—11 critically—has hit home in Putnam County. 

James Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, husband of Philipstown Deputy Supervisor Nancy Montgomery, was killed in the terrible crash near the Spuyten Duyvil station.

(Here is the latest service update for Monday's commute: http://new.mta.info/news-metro-north-hudson-line/2013/12/01/metro-north-hudson-line-service-alert.)

The 5:54 a.m. train that originated in Poughkeepsie and made stops in Cold Spring at 6:20 a.m. and Garrison at 6:24 a.m. left the tracks at 7:20 a.m. under the Henry Hudson Bridge. The seven car train was due to arrive at Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m.

Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea wept Sunday evening when remembering his close friend: “Jim was a great guy who would give you the shirt off his back. For his age, Jim was a kid. I was with him a couple of days ago. I can’t believe he is gone, leaving Nancy and his three sons behind.”

Shea recalled how Lovell was a “giving man. He never said ‘no’ and would often take groups of young people into the city to see shows. Jim survived open heart surgery and cancer but never complained. He loved life. What a tragedy! To be killed in a train crash.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell called the news “incredibly sad to know that during the season of giving thanks we in Putnam County will be wrapping our arms around one of our own and support the family which must deal with this tragic loss.”

Metro North spokesman Aaron Donovan said the train left the tracks on a curve north of the station with several cars overturning, one just above the Hudson River shore.

Three of the fatal victims were ejected from the train while the fourth was found inside one of the heavily damaged cars.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said his “family's thoughts and prayers were with the victims and loved ones of all those affected by the tragic accident.”

Putnam County government will be providing shuttle service for residents of western Putnam County desiring to take Metro North trains on the Harlem Line starting at 5 a.m. Monday.

Buses will leave from Cold Spring at 5, 5:15, 6, 6:15, 6:30 and 7:15 while a shuttle will operate from the Garrison station at 5, 6:30 and 8 a.m.

Three buses will pick up passengers in Southeast at 6, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. and return them to Garrison and Cold Spring.

Hudson Line passengers can also take their regular trains and transfer in Tarrytown to White Plains where Harlem Line Division trains will honor Hudson Line tickets.

UPDATE as of 5:30 pm: One of the four people confirmed dead in Sunday's Metro-North derailment is from Philipstown. Some 67 others were injured -- 11 critically ­-- in the Metro North train derailment in the Bronx.

The 5:54 a.m. train that originated in Poughkeepsie Sunday and made stops in Cold Spring at 6:20 a.m. and Garrison at 6:24 a.m. left the tracks at 7:20 a.m. near the Spuyten Duyvil station under the Henry Hudson Bridge. The seven car train was due to arrive at Grand Central Station at 7:43 a.m.

Metro North spokesman Aaron Donovan said the train left the tracks on a curve north of the station with several cars overturning, one just above the Hudson River shore.

Three of the fatal victims were ejected from the train while the fourth was found inside one of the heavily damaged cars.

Emergency responders from throughout upper Manhattan and the Bronx rushed to the scene to assist the victims who were transported to local hospitals by a caravan of ambulances and rescue vehicles.

All service on the Hudson Line was suspended for a time.

 Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, contacted in Cold Spring said his “family's thoughts and prayers were with the victims and loved ones of all those affected by the tragic accident.” He thanked New York City’s first responders who “arrived immediately to save lives.”

Putnam Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam Stiebeling said no assistance was requested from Putnam’s EMS departments: “We are always ready to assist our neighbors whenever called upon.”

Those seeking information about a particular passenger on the ill-fated train may call 212—NEW YORK.

At noon, Metro North announced that service had been restored on the upper Hudson Line. Passengers traveling into the city can take Harlem Line trains from Southeast, Brewster or Patterson, or Hudson Line trains and transfer in Tarrytown to White Plains, where Harlem Line Division trains will honor Hudson Line tickets.
Service on Amtrack has also been restored from Manhattan to Albany.

In addition, in preparation for Monday morning’s commute after the holiday weekend, Putnam County is arranging for shuttle buses from Cold Spring and Garrison to the Harlem line, where commuters can pick up trains to Grand Central, said Vinny Tamagna, the county’s transit coordinator. A full schedule will be posted here online shortly.

Initial story, Sunday at 9:40 a.m.: Reports say that at least four people are dead following a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx.

More than 40 are said to have been injured in the wreck, which happened just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station about 7:20 a.m.  That line, the Hudson line, also serves Cold Spring and Garrison. The train originated in Poughkeepsie, and was to end its run at Grand Central. Service from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central has been suspended.

The crash is certain to have awide impact on Monday’s commute, after the long Thanksgiving weekend, but the exact details are still developing. Service is unaffected on the other line through Putnam, the Harlem line.

We will post additional updates as they become available.

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