MTA releases names of victims in Sunday’s car vs. train accident

Metro-North police, assisted by Redding police, are investigating a motor vehicle vs. train accident at the West Redding railroad crossing. There was one fatality and three others were taken to Danbury Hospital. Train service has been interrupted since early afternoon; bus service is being provided by Metro-North. —Susan Wolf photo

Tuesday, 2 p.m. — Metro-North Authority has released the names of the individuals in the car that was hit by a train on Sunday. Based on the MTA police’s preliminary investigation, the lights on the crossbucks at the crossing were flashing at the time of the incident signaling the approach of a train.

Wayne, Balacky, 21 , a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital on Sunday. According to the MTA, the female driver of the automobile, Jausheema Perkins, 19, a Danbury resident, was taken to Danbury Hospital suffering from head injuries. Fakeem Morning, 19,  and James Redmond , 21, both of Danbury, were each  taken to Danbury Hospital with leg injuries and both  were transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

The MTA Police’s investigation is continuing.

Monday, 12:15 p.m. — According to information provided by Metro-North, the train involved in Sunday’s accident with a car was not carrying passengers when it struck an automobile on the tracks at the Long Ridge railroad crossing. The automobile, a Subaru, was traveling south over the track when it was struck by the train, according to the report.

One was pronounced dead at the hospital;  the other three are being treated for injuries. There were no reported injuries to the train crew.

Monday, 9 a.m. — Train service resumed on the Danbury Branch line with the 7:43 p.m. train from Danbury.

Sunday, 5:57 p.m. — Simpaug Turnpike is closed just after the West Redding railroad crossing in the vicinity of the post office as the investigation continues into the motor vehicle vs. train accident. Metro-North railroad service  has been interrupted.

Substitute bus service is being provided on the Danbury Branch for the 6:11 p.m. train departing South Norwalk making all stops to Danbury.

Sunday, 4:30 p.m. — Redding police are assisting Metro-North police following a motor vehicle vs. train accident at the West Redding railroad crossing across from the West Redding Post Office today, Sunday, Dec. 30, at 1:20 p.m.

Police Chief Douglas Fuchs said there was one fatality and the other three passengers in the car were transported to Danbury Hospital. There is no status on their condition at this time, he said.

The names of those in the vehicle are not being released at this time.

The Redding police’s traffic reconstructionist is assisting Metro-North police.

Chief Fuchs said any further information will come from Metro-North police.

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