Feds: NY train-car collision cost railroad $3.7 million in damage, investigation ongoing

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Federal investigators say the fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in the New York City suburbs cost the railroad about $3.7 million in damage.

The cost estimate was the only new revelation in the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report into the accident released Monday.

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The Metro-North train crashed into a Mercedes SUV on Feb. 3 at a grade crossing in Valhalla. The impact sparked an explosion and fire that burned out the first car of the train and sent pieces of third rail stabbing through the passenger area. The woman driving the SUV and five men on the train were killed.

Such preliminary reports from the NTSB rarely include major disclosures or conclusions. Those could be several months away.