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Danbury Man Fears He Knows Victims of Metro-North Train Crash

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    Emergency personnel work at the scene of a Metro-North Railroad passenger train and vehicle accident in Valhalla, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Metro-North Railroad spokesman Aaron Donovan says the train struck a vehicle at a railroad crossing about 20 miles north of New York City. (AP Photo/Robert Mecea)

    Fred George, of Danbury, was not on the Metro-North train that crashed in New York last night because he took an earlier train home, but he fears he knows some of the six people killed in the crash.

    Six people were killed when a Metro-North train from New York City hit a Jeep on the railroad tracks in Westchester at 6:30 p.m., during the height of evening rush hour, sparking a fiery crash that's also injured at least 12 people, officials said.

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    "I caught the earlier train last night or else I would have been right here on the 5:44 in the front car, because I always sit in the front car," George said.

    Since the crash, he's been calling around, hoping to reach fellow commuters to see how his friends are.

    "I'm sure I know some of those people, probably lost some friends," George said.

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    At least 6 have been reported dead after a train derailed in Valhalla New York after a jeep was on the track.
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    Witnesses said the railroad crossing gates came down on top of the SUV while it was stopped on the tracks. The woman driving that car got out, then tried to drive forward when she was struck.

    "From the investigation, people need to learn, don't sit on the tracks in your car. It's just scary. It really is because you never know what could happen," George said.