One of the victims of Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse from Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four victims killed in the accident, which also injured dozens as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30; why it was moving so fast remains under investigation.
Ahn was a registered nurse who worked at the Sunshine Children's Home and Rehab Center in upstate Ossining. She also had worked in the pediatric unit at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn from July 2011 to December 2012, a spokeswoman there said. Media reports said she treated severely ill children at the hospital, but little further information about her could be confirmed immediately.
Ahn's Facebook page showed that she had changed her profile photo to one of yellow roses in early November. It also showed that she had visited the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in early August. She created her Facebook page in June.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall offered her condolences to Ahn's family in a statement issued Monday afternoon.
“I was deeply troubled to learn about Sunday’s fatal train derailment and even more distressed to learn that a resident of Queens was among the four people who were killed,” Marshall said. “I cannot even begin to comprehend the grief Ms. Ahn’s family and friends must be feeling right now. Ms. Ahn came to America looking for a better life, and unfortunately her life was taken away from her much too soon.”
Ahn, whose name the MTA reversed as Ahn Kisook, was nearly 20 years younger than the next youngest victim of the accident, which derailed the 5:54 a.m. train from Poughkeepsie. The other people killed were all upstate residents: Donna Smith, 54, of Newburgh; James Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; and James Ferrari, 59, of Montrose.
"The MTA extends its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims," the agency said in a statement announcing their names and hometowns. "The MTA is fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board."
Marshall added in her statement, “On behalf of the 2.3 million residents of Queens, I would like to express my condolences to all who knew the four people who were killed and who are now mourning their tragic loss."