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Metro-North's Overnight Repair Job Completed By 100-Member Crew

NTSB officials survey the crash scene. Photo Credit: NTSB
The tracks were tested at the site of the fatal crash. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Workers checked the signals at the intersection where the fatal crash took place. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Metro-North workers towed away the damaged train car from Tuesday's crash, and service has resumed on the Harlem Line. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A 100-member crew cleared and repaired the tracks overnight, allowing Metro-North Railroad to resume full service Thursday on the Harlem Line after a fiery crash Tuesday killed six people and left 15 injured.

The crew worked to clear the tracks of damage near the Valhalla, N.Y., station, where a train hit a sport utility vehicle, said MTA spokeswoman Meredith Daniels.

Metro-North had suspended train service between Pleasantville and North White Plains while the National Transportation Safety Board conducted its investigation into the crash, running buses to bridge the service gap. But service in that area has now resumed after MTA crews worked Wednesday night to repair the rails.

"It's all up and running with some delays," Daniels said.

Metro-North riders can expect delays of about 15 minutes as trains slow down to pass through the work zone at the accident scene near the crossing for Commerce Street.

On Wednesday afternoon, the NTSB gave Metro-North permission to clear the train wreckage from the site, including the charred first car. Workers used a high-rail crane to remove the damaged SUV.

A locomotive was attached to the damaged eight-car train and towed it to the Metro-North yard in North White Plains. Workers from the power, track and signal departments then began to repair damage to 500 feet of electrified third rail that was damaged in the accident.

Crews repaired the damaged circuits and inspected the running rails and test signals damaged in the crash.

Vehicular traffic on Commerce Street in Valhalla, where the crash occurred, will remain closed until the NTSB completes its investigation, which is expected to occur by mid-afternoon on Thursday.

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