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As new details pertaining to the cause of the train derailment in the Bronx unfolds, we’re also learning more about the train’s engineer who many in the Village of Rhinebeck have known for some time. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more as people share their thoughts on William Rockefeller.
RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- “This is a horrible accident,” said Village of Rhinebeck Mayor Jim Reardon. “Nobody would intentionally do something like this, certainly Billy wouldn’t.”
Having known the Rockefeller family for years, Mayor Rim Reardon is speaking out on behalf of the Metro-North train engineer who was operating the train that jumped the tracks along a sharp curve and derailed in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring about 60 others.
“We don’t know what the circumstances are that’s what the NTSB and all the experts are going to find out, what caused it. And as I said before, he’s a very hardworking, honest guy,” said Reardon.
Though he now resides in Germantown, Rockefeller grew up in the village, having gone through the Rhinebeck School District and later serving as a volunteer firefighter for the neighboring Hillside Fire Department. Many think highly of the man who is now at the center of an investigation into the deadly crash.
“I take the train a lot, that specific train and I find it really tragic and really sad,” said Larry Ruhl.
It’s an accident that’s hitting close to home for Larry Ruhl and causing Arthur Schiff to question all possibilities.
“I am, like everybody else, totally curious as to what happened,” added Schiff.
While the derailment remains under investigation as to what exactly caused the train to wreck, those like Reardon aren’t pointing fingers.
While Rockefeller was injured in the wreck, he is fully cooperating with the investigation. Many people in Rhinebeck say their thoughts and prayers are with him at this time.