MAMARONECK– An elderly man was killed by an oncoming train Saturday morning in an apparent suicide at Mamaroneck station.
Robert Warner, 91, of 1015 Nautilus Ave., Mamaroneck, was struck shortly before 10 a.m. by a train from Stamford, Conn., heading to Grand Central Terminal.
“A New York bound train struck and killed a male trespasser on the track,” Metro-North spokesman Sal Arena said in an email. “The incident is under investigation by the MTA police in order to determine whether the man fell or jumped onto the tracks.”
“The guy was standing close to the track,” said Ryan Rivera, 18, of Yonkers. The man then jumped.
“He got pulled right under the front of the train.”
Rivera said there was no doubt the action was intentional and that he was killed. The train screeched to a halt, and was smoking from underneath.
The roughly 300 to 400 passengers on the train were guided off the train and onto the platform for another southbound train. There were delays of about 10 minutes throughout the morning as trains were diverted from that track.
Service was back to normal by 1:30 p.m., Arena said.
As is generally the case in incidents such as this, the engineer and crew are taken off duty, Arena added.
Arriving at the station for a southbound train, David Cruz of Manhattan was confused with the commotion.
“It is sad, when someone is hurt or dies like this. Everybody has a family,” said Cruz, a neogtiator for a credit agency. “And this isn’t a track where anyone can walk onto it accidently.”
Personnel from the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office arrived at the station about 12:45 p.m. An autopsy was scheduled for today.
Source: The Journal News