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NTSB To Hold Hearing On Two Connecticut Metro-North Accidents

The Metro-North derailment in Fairfield last May has lead to an investigation by the NTSB.
The Metro-North derailment in Fairfield last May has lead to an investigation by the NTSB. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The National Transportation Safety Board will convene a consolidated investigative hearing on two recent Metro-North Railroad accidents in Connecticut. The hearings will take place in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22 and 23.

The first incident took place in on the Fairfield-Bridgeport border May 17, when an eastbound Metro-North train derailed and was struck by a westbound Metro-North train. A total of 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor were transported to local hospitals with injuries in that accident.

The second incident took place May 28 in West Haven, when a Metro-North track foreman was struck and killed by a westbound passenger train. The foreman had requested that the section of track he was working on be taken out of service for maintenance.

Last month, the NTSB issued an urgent safety recommendation to Metro-North Railroad to provide redundant protection for track maintenance crews who depend on rail traffic controllers to provide signal protection.

During the October hearing, the NTSB will receive testimony on several issues, including track inspection and maintenance, passenger car safety standards, crashworthiness, policy and practice of roadway worker protection and organizational safety culture.

Determination of a probable cause for each of the accidents will be released when the investigations are complete.

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