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Daughters Defend Edgemont Mother Who Drove SUV In Fatal Train Crash

Alexa, Julia and Danielle Brody with NBC's Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
Alexa, Julia and Danielle Brody with NBC's Matt Lauer on the Today Show. Photo Credit: NBC Today Show
Alexa, Julia and Danielle Brody being interviewed about the Feb. 3 Metro-North train crash that killed their mother, Ellen, and five commuters.
Alexa, Julia and Danielle Brody being interviewed about the Feb. 3 Metro-North train crash that killed their mother, Ellen, and five commuters. Photo Credit: NBC Today Show
Ellen Brody
Ellen Brody Photo Credit: NBC Today Show

EDGEMONT, N.Y. -- The daughters of Ellen Brody, the driver who collided with a Metro-North train on Feb. 3 -- killing six people including herself -- defended their mother Tuesday on NBC's Today Show.

"I know who my mom was. I know she would never, never intentionally hurt people,'' Alexa Brody told NBC's Matt Lauer during the television interview in their Edgemont home.

Lauer asked the three daughters what they thought of the sometimes cruel, judgmental comments on social media.

Julia, the middle child in college, said she tries not to read them, saying her mother "is not a murderer. It's just not true."

"A lot of people want to find a reason. It was an accident," Danielle added.

"I tried to avoid the news because I don't want the details,'' said Alexa, a student at Edgemont High School. "Obviously the way it happened is so upsetting."

"I don't know if knowing or not knowing would make it better,'' Danielle, the oldest, said. "It's so unimaginable and it feels so unreal."

The sisters recalled how they heard the news. Their father, Alan, arrived home after searching for his wife. Two police cars followed his car into the driveway.

"When he came in he said, 'She's gone.'"

"That night, we all slept together,'' Julia said.

You can watch the "Today" show interview with the Brody daughters here.

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