Authorities said a passenger train collided with a car stuck on tracks, killing 6 people, most of them on the train, and wounding at least 12 others.
A Metro-North Rail spokesman said a northbound train rammed the Jeep Cherokee at a railroad crossing in Valhalla, about 20 miles (32 km) north of New York City.
Media reports said the driver of the jeep that was hit by the train and five passengers on the train were killed.
The spokesman said that the train pushed the jeep about 10 train cars northward, and the jeep and the front of the train caught fire.
The gates of the railway track descended over the car, which was stopped on the tracks. He said that the driver got out to look at the rear of the car, then turned back and drove forward and was hit.
Smoke was seen rising from the burning train, with blackened windows.
The accident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. She joined a train from New York City on the Harlem Line. The Metro-North Rail Service said the service was suspended on a portion of the line between North White Plains and Pleasantville.
The North Metro is the second busiest railroad in the country, after the Long Island Railroad.
News media showed pictures of a burning car and smoke billowing from the train cars, and reported that the passengers had been evacuated from the train.
A passenger was quoted as saying that about 750 passengers were on the train. Media reports said the passengers were evacuated to the rear of the train and then put on buses.
The Harlem Line runs from Harlem in Manhattan to Wasaik in southeastern New York State.