Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Severe storms bring Metro-North’s Hudson Line to standstill

NEW YORK – Strong winds and heavy rain at around 3:45 Friday afternoon brought the Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line to a halt as a large tree fell across both sets of tracks between Cold Spring and Peekskill.

A southbound train, heading to Manhattan, backed up all the way to Garrison where passengers sat waiting for crews to cut up and remove the trees from the tracks. Early in the evening, one track was reopened with a 60 to 90 minute residual delay.

Valerie Gropper of the Town of Poughkeepsie was on her way to visit with her daughter, who lives in New York City, when the train stopped.

“We like to watch ‘Orange is the New Black’ and we have a little rule that we don’t watch it with the other person so the only way I get to see it is if she comes to Poughkeepsie or I go down there,” she said.

Gropper told Mid-Hudson News by phone from the train she heard what sounded like a branch hitting the train, but as it backed up, she saw it was a tree trunk she estimated to be 18 to 24 inches in diameter.

There was no damage to the railcars struck by the tree, a Metro-North official announced following an inspection while the passengers waited for the tracks to be cleared.


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