- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - A financial services firm is mourning the loss of an executive who was one of the victims of a fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV in New York.

Mesirow Financial said Wednesday that 53-year-old Eric Vandercar was one of six people killed in Tuesday’s Metro-North crash in Valhalla.

Vandercar was senior managing director for institutional sales and trading in the firm’s New York office.

The firm called Vandercar’s death “a huge loss, personally and professionally.”

No one answered the door at Vandercar’s home in Bedford Hills. A woman who answered the phone said the family did not wish to speak.

Federal investigators began their investigation into the crash Wednesday.

They will look for clues that might explain why a woman’s SUV was stopped between the crossing gates.

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