Queens Resident Among Four Killed In Derailment

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

A Queens resident is among the four people who died after a Metro-North train derailment over the weekend.

The train, heading from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station, derailed Sunday morning at the Spuyten Duyvil train station in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others. The train flipped on its side and landed inches from the Hudson River. More than 150 people were on the locomotive when it derailed, according to authorities.

Ahn Kisook

Ahn Kisook

The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Monday that the train was going 82 miles per hour at a 30 mph curve when it crashed.

Among the people who died was Ahn Kisook, a 35-year-old Woodside resident. According to her Facebook page, she was a registered nurse at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

Kisook, a native of South Korea, was on her way home from a nursing home in Ossining when the crash occurred.

The other three victims of the crash were Jim Lovell, 58, Donna Smith, 54, and James Ferrari, 59.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall released a statement grieving the four deaths.

“I cannot even begin to comprehend the grief Ms. Ahn’s family and friends must be feeling right now. Ms. Ahn came to America looking for a better life and unfortunately her life was taken away from her much too soon,” she said.

Authorities are looking into what exactly caused the crash and how to improve safety for passengers at the dangerous curve.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com or @luisgronda.