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Commuters Think Of Victims As They Search For Alternate Route Home

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The derailment in the Bronx that killed four people on Sunday has forced commuters along the Hudson line to find alternate ways to get to and from the city. Michael Scotto talked with commuters at Grand Central terminal.

At Grand Central Terminal, commuters were thinking less about their own travel plans and more about those who lost their lives as the holiday weekend was coming to an end.

“I feel terrible,” said a Mount Kisco resident. “I had a very safe ride in and I feel terrible for the people who were on that train.”

On Sunday, Commuters were trying to comprehend how a morning commute turned so deadly.
Kathleen Colavito and her family were on their way to the city when the derailment occurred, feeling thankful that their day started later than planned.

“The reason we came down is so we could see Santa, and we were already on the train when my phone was blowing up before we knew what was going on, and we decided to take the later train otherwise we would have been on that train,” said Kathleen Colavito.

Colavito was among a handful of Metro-North travelers trying to figure out an alternate way back home.

On the main floor, monitors and customer service agents told those living along the damaged Hudson line to take the Harlem line to White Plains where they would then board a bus to Tarrytown.

“I'm gonna take the train, the Harlem line to White Plains and then from there take a shuttle to Tarrytown and then take another train from Tarrytown to Poughkeepsie,” said Vassar student Michelle Xhau.

The real test will likely come Monday, when other train lines will have to absorb thousands of additional commuters during the morning rush.

“It means that the Harlem Line, there will be people swinging from the rafters,” said Dave Weild, a Bronxville resident.

It's an inconvenience, for sure, but it's one commuters will put up with, as they think about those who were injured or killed.

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