Last of Metro-North victims laid to rest

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Woodside, Queens (PIX11) — Kisook Ahn was remembered this morning at a funeral mass in Woodside, Queens.

Ahn was one of the four people killed in last week’s Metro-North train derailment.

The 35-year-old South Korean immigrant had just finished her nursing shift when she boarded the ill-fated train Sunday morning.

The funeral mass was held at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church.

On Friday, hundreds of mourners packed Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring Friday to remember 58-year-old Jim Lovell, another victim of the derailment.

Mourners also said goodbye Friday morning to Donna Smith of Newburgh.   The 54-year-old paralegal who was actively involved with the Girl Scouts of America was on the train with her sister.  She survived the accident with just some cuts and bruises.

James Ferrari was buried Thursday.  The married 59-year-old married father worked six days a week as a building superintendent for a real estate company.  That’s where he was headed when the train derailed.

The Metro-North Railroad has until Tuesday to identify where its lines have major speed changes under an emergency order set down by federal authorities in the wake of a deadly train derailment.

Friday’s order from the Federal Railroad Administration requires the railroad to put extra operators on lines like the one in the Bronx where a train flew off the tracks Sunday after hitting a curve at 82 mph, nearly three times the 30 mph speed limit.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees Metro-North, says it will comply with the order.

It said it also is examining other steps to improve safety following the crash that killed four people.

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