Calling hours tonight for Milford woman killed by train in New York

Calling services are tonight for a Milford woman who died after being dragged by a train in New York last week.

Joan M. Dehm, 62, of Milford, died Wednesday, Dec. 17.

News reports say she was killed when she was caught between two Metro-North Railroad cars and pulled along the platform at Grand Central Terminal and then down onto the tracks.

She reportedly suffered serious injury to her pelvis, as well as trauma.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority police are reportedly investigating the accident.

Dehm was born Oct. 30, 1952, in Beacon, N.Y., according to her obituary. She was the daughter of the late Richard and Helene Devine Cummings. A lifelong resident of Milford, she graduated from Milford High School and the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse.

She is survived by her children Derek, Maura, James, and Kristin Dehm and her sister Diane Recchia. She was the wife of the late James Dehm.

Friends and family may call today (Monday), Dec. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service being held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at Milford Cemetery, 35 Gulf Street.

Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said officials are still investigating the accident.

He said it isn’t clear yet whether Dehm was trying to board the train leaving New York at about 8:36 p.m. and heading toward New Haven, but she was clearly not on the train when the accident occurred, Donovan said.

Somehow she became caught between the last two cars and was dragged on the platform and then fell to the tracks, Donovan said. Officials do not believe she was struck by the train but died from injuries she sustained in the fall. Donovan said she was found underneath the platform.

“It is under investigation as to how she was pulled by the train,” Donovan said.

Dehm was rushed to Belleview Hospital, and she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The train involved in the accident was stopped in Harlem, and passengers transferred to another train. The train cars were impounded for the investigation.

On Friday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement regarding the death, saying it was one of two serious incidents recently on Metro-North trains that “dramatize the dire need for reform in safety culture as well as policies and practices at Metro-North.”

Blumenthal said he is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to expedite its investigation into the cause of the accident.

The accident shows, he said, that “Metro-North still has work to do in meeting essential safety standards and restoring trust and confidence.”