- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say the train involved in the deadly New York crash was penetrated by fifteen 39-foot sections of electrified “third rail.”

New York Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday it’s not clear whether the rails had lost electricity when they pierced the train. He said even without electricity, they could have killed or maimed people.

The fiery Metro-North crash Tuesday night in Valhalla killed five front-car passengers as well as the SUV driver.

Schumer and other officials spoke at the crash site after viewing the charred wreckage in a warehouse being used by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says they could see the rails going through the heart of the train car “like daggers.”

As they spoke, trains crawled past, their horns loudly wailing.

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