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Last Train Reaches Tarrytown Station Before Irene

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The last train from New York City rolled into the Tarrytown train station at 1:10 p.m. Saturday. With Hurricane Irene hitting the metro area, officials at the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that all trains would stop running at noon on Saturday.

Hakam Aytac got off the train at the Tarrytown station along with about a dozen others. Aytac is from Turkey. He was traveling with a friend and a suitcase.

Aytac is going to be a student at the EF Language School, which will start classes Monday, he said. The pair decided to travel to Tarrytown earlier because of Hurricane Irene. By a stroke of good fortune, they managed to catch the last train.

“We heard that the trains were closed at noon, but our English is not very good. We think about noon and it means night," Aytac said. “We don't know about New York, we don't know the United States, we don't know about hurricanes. We're just looking—we just watch it on the television.”

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