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Somers Residents React To Explosion

Joe Ponsrock (left) and Paul Sussmann (right) talk about the Metro-North explosion at Somerfields in Somers.
Joe Ponsrock (left) and Paul Sussmann (right) talk about the Metro-North explosion at Somerfields in Somers. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

SOMERS, N.Y. – As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sends a team to investigate the explosion near the Harlem 125th Street Metro-North station Wednesday, Westchester residents speculated about the cause of the tragedy.

The explosion killed two people and injured as many as 18.

Paul Sussmann of Somers said all of the gas and water lines in New York City are so old that the explosion Wednesday didn’t surprise him.

“My first reaction was what a tragedy, but I’m not surprised,” he said.

Metro-North workers have cleared debris from the tracks and inspected them for track and third rail integrity.

Full Hudson, Harlem, New Haven Line service has been restored into and out of Grand Central Wednesday night. Crowding and delays should be expected.

Train speeds may be reduced near the explosion site to protect nearby rail workers and to limit vibrations near the explosion site.

L. Meyer of Goldens Bridge said she heard about the explosion from a co-worker, who thought it may have been an attack. However, when she listened to Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s press conference at noon on NPR radio she said she learned it was apparently the result of a gas leak.

Atsuko Evans, who took the Metro-North Harlem line into Manhattan Wednesday said she was surprised to hear of the explosion. While it caused limited service Wednesday morning and afternoon, the White Plains resident said she just hoped people injured in the explosion were OK.

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