Yonkers crash kills 1, delays trains
Police are continuing efforts to reconstruct the Friday afternoon tragedy that killed Mario Moreno, 39, of the Bronx when he was fatally struck by a vehicle that veered off the road before plunging down a ditch near the Metro-North's Hudson Line tracks in Yonkers.
On Saturday morning, both Hastings police and a team from the Yonkers accident investigation unit remained on the scene outside The RiverView catering hall at 1 Warburton Ave., located at the border between the two municipalities.
Moreno was outdoors using a leaf blower when the motorist's vehicle rammed into him, then lost control and careened down a steep embankment. The vehicle eventually coming to a stop about 50 feet east of the tracks, the MTA said. The call about the accident came into Hastings police at 2:18 p.m. but it took officers and paramdecs a few minutes to find a safeway to the site, according to cops and transit authorities.
Warburton Avenue runs parallel to the Hudson River, with less than 200 feet separating the road from the tracks at the narrowest points. The tracks were back in service by 3 p.m. Two Metro-North trains and an Amtrak train were delayed, the MTA said, but the crash did not affect train schedules before the evening rush hour.
The driver was able to get out of the car after the crash and didn't suffer from any serious injuries, Hastings police said.
A RiverView manager told News12 that Moreno had worked at the catering business for 15 years and was a native of Mexico.