Train hits Jeep in New York crash

Many people were evacuated in a tense scene outside of White Plains, NY.

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A still image captured from WNBC-TV aerial video shows first responders battling fire on a New York City -Metro-North train following an accident near Valhalla, New York February 3, 2015. A commuter train struck a car north of White Plains, New York, on Tuesday night, the Metro-North Railroad service said on its official Twitter feed, but it was not immediately clear if there were injuries or fatalities.

At least six people died on Tuesday evening when a New York commuter train struck at least one car near the town of White Plains, sparking a fire, ABC News reported.

The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. (2330 GMT) and involved a train heading out of New York City on the Harlem Line. Service was suspended on a segment of the line between North White Plains and Pleasantville, the Metro-North Railroad service said.

Several news media showed images of a car on fire and smoke coming from train cars, and reported that passengers were evacuated from the train.

ABC quoted a passenger saying that some 750 people were on the train and that many were trapped and could not get off while people outside were telling them the train was on fire.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department, which responded to the accident about 30 miles (48 km) northeast ofNew York City, did not immediately provide information on injuries or fatalities.

The Harlem Line train runs from Harlem, a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, to Wassaic in southeast New York state.

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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