Man Fatally Struck by Metro-North Train on Harlem Line, MTA Says

By Aidan Gardiner on November 12, 2013 12:29pm 

 A man was struck and killed by a southbound Metro-North train on the Harlem line, the MTA said.
A man was struck and killed by a southbound Metro-North train on the Harlem line, the MTA said.
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NEW YORK CITY — A man was fatally struck by a southbound train on Metro-North's Harlem line, sparking hour-long delays during Tuesday morning's rush-hour commute, the MTA said.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was hit about a quarter mile south of the Hartsdale Station, about 50 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal, at 7:55 a.m., an MTA spokeswoman said.

It was not immediately clear why the man was on the tracks at the time, but no foul play was suspected, said MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders.

Investigators were looking into the incident, which caused delays for customers traveling into and out of the city because that section of rail only has two tracks, Anders said.

Power was cut immediately after the collision and was restored about 8:40 a.m., she added.

The train that hit the man was stopped pending an investigation, so a second train had to pull alongside it and transfer passengers over a narrow metal gangway, the MTA said.

"You have to empty a rush-hour train single file, which takes time," Anders said.

Some traffic resumed, although several trains were canceled altogether and others ended their routes early, the MTA said.

It was not immediately clear when regular traffic would resume. Commuters were advised to check the MTA's website for updates.

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