Alan Brody, husband of Ellen who died in Valhalla Metro North crash 3 years ago, joined David Carlucci and Tom Abinanti to call on the NYSDOT to release study on rail crossing improvements.

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Calls For Action Continue Years After Deadly Valhalla Metro North Accident

April 21, 2018 - 3:29 pm

VALHALLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- There was a call for action years after the deadly Metro North train crash at a rail crossing in Valhalla.

"It's been three years since the horrific Commerce Street crossing accident. It's been a year and a half since the governor signed the bill requiring a DOT study, and it's been a year since the study was supposed to have been completed," State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti said.

He stood with Senator David Carlucci and Alan Brody at the Commerce Street crossing Friday afternoon. Brody's wife Ellen died in the 2015 crash.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2016 law required the DOT to look into improving safety measures at the more than 5,000 crossings across the state. Brody said positive train control, the system designed to stop train accidents from occurring, doesn't cover rail crossings.

"There's no stopping innovation when you give people the motivation to do so. Whatever the MTA does, one thing's for sure; they don't have the motivation to look out for the motorist's point of view," he said.

The DOT said it is finalizing the study and will release it soon.