Derailment Victims: A Nurse, a Sister, Two Good Fathers

The four people killed in Sunday's train derailment were from Cold Spring, Montrose, Newburgh and Queens.

Photo credit: Metro-North
Photo credit: Metro-North
Written by Lanning Taliaferro and Krista Madsen

The 26,000 people who use the Hudson Line on weekdays are developing new commuter patterns while the National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation of yesterday's deadly train derailment. 

Metro-North officials have encouraged commuters to ride the Harlem Line as an alternative.

They have also set up a shuttle system at the Yonkers station to take people to the subway stop at 242nd Street. Hudson Line will continue to be cross-honored on the subway, the MTA said. 

"Cranes and other special heavy equipment are being positioned to remove the rail cars from the area so that repairs can begin," the MTA wrote on its website. "The equipment will arrive this evening begin work following clearance from the NTSB and work will continue through the night."

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-District 17) offered her thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, a thanks to first responders, and a push for an intense investigation and greater safety. She issued this statement:

My thoughts and prayers are with victims of this morning's tragedy on the Metro-North Railroad in the Bronx and their families.

On this horrific day for New York, I also extend heartfelt thanks to our first responders for their assistance and ongoing response. 

We must devote every federal resource available to determine what happened and what must be done to keep passengers safe today and in the future. I will work with the National Transportation Safety Board to ensure a thorough and expeditious investigation.

The leaders of the Metro-North Railroad Commuter Councilexpressed a shaken commuter confidence in the wake of the fourth incident with injuries this year on the railroad. “The riders whom we represent must be assured they are safe when they travel on a Metro-North train, but their confidence in the Railroad has been shaken." Click here for their full statement

Those who want to opt out of this week's tough commutealtogether are urged to work from these office options in Tarrytown, White Plains and Hawthorne

Meanwhile, communities are remembering their loved ones lost. 

Montrose resident James Ferrari, 59, is being called a kind, hard-working man who put family first. "He did everything for his family," friend Joe Duraes said. Read more about Ferrari here

Jim Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring, the husband of Philipstown Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery, was an audio technician for the Today show and on his way to help with setting up Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree lighting, NBC reports.

Senator Greg Ball (R-District 40) wrote of Lovell, "James was a caring and giving member of Putnam's community and my heart breaks for his wife, as well as their lovely children and the entire family that are now struggling with this enormous loss." 

Read more about Lovell here.

Donna Smith, 54, of Newburgh, was off to see her sister's choral group perform Handel’s “Messiah”, according to the New York Times. Smith, a paralegal, is described as incredibly giving to her community as a regular mentor and volunteer in many capacities.

Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens, was a registered nurse from Woodside, Queens, the NYTimes also wrote, reporting that she was on her way home from working the night shift at a nursing home in Ossining.


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