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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In Latest Metro-North Accident, Worker Is Fatally Struck by Train in East Harlem

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A Metro-North Railroad worker was struck and killed by a train in East Harlem early Monday morning, officials said, the latest in a string of devastating accidents for the railroad over the past year.

At 12:54 a.m., the man, identified as James Romansoff, 58, of Yonkers, was struck while working on the tracks at East 106th Street and Park Avenue, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The train, from Metro-North’s Hudson line, had left Grand Central Terminal at 12:47 a.m., bound for Poughkeepsie, with 36 passengers on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday morning that it was starting an investigation into the accident and was sending three investigators to New York. The transportation authority said that its Police Department was also investigating.

The authority said that Mr. Romansoff, who had been with Metro-North for eight years, was part of a crew restoring power to tracks that were closed over the weekend for maintenance work. Mr. Romansoff and the crew were initially working on a stretch of track that had been taken out of service, according to a source briefed on the situation by federal authorities, but for reasons that remain unclear, Mr. Romansoff crossed into a section of active track.

James Romansoff, 58, of Yonkers, was killed Monday while...

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