The commuter train collision and derailment that sent over seventy people to hospitals in Connecticut on Friday evening was not the result of foul play, according to officials investigating the cause of the accident. There is, however, a fractured section of rail that could have been connected to the accident. This section of the rail is of great interest to investigators and has been sent into a lab for analysis, according to Earl Weener, a National Transportation Safety Board member. Weener stated that the investigation is still in its early stages and that the NTSB will not speculate on the cause of the derailment at this time.
The Metro-North train was headed east from New York City Friday evening when it collided with a train headed west from New Haven. Seventy-two people went to the hospital as a result of the accident. Almost all of those people have been discharged. However, some suffered more serious injuries that have prolonged their stay in the hospital. According to a Bridgeport Hospital spokesman, twenty-six people who were injured in the accident were treated there. Three of them were admitted, two in stable condition and one in critical condition. A spokeswoman for St. Vincent Medical Center stated that forty-six injured individuals were treated there, six were admitted, but all were in stable condition. Officials have stated how fortunate it was that no one was killed based on the devastating damage left behind at the scene of the crash. United States Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy both stated that the Metro-North cars, which had been built to meet higher standards, likely saved lives.
President of MTA Metro-North Railroad, Howard Permut, stated that customer safety is a top priority for the company and in order to ensure that safety, the company will suspend service between South Norwalk and New Haven until further notice. NTSB investigators arrived in Connecticut on Saturday and are expected to remain on site for up to ten days. NTSB will conduct an on-site investigation that will include examining the crew performance and train signal information and brakes and performance of the trains. Once this on-site investigation is completed, special equipment will be brought on scene to remove the trains and debris.
Official: Broken rail eyed in Conn. train crash, www.palmbeachpost.com May 18, 2013
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