Call for Expedited Probe Into Latest Deadly Metro-North Derailment

Dec 2, 2013

A Metro-North train bound for Grand Central Station derailed early Sunday morning in the Bronx.
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A Metro-North train on the Hudson line derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx. Four people were killed and more than 60 people were injured.

It's been a difficult year for Metro-North. In May, two commuter trains collided outside of Bridgeport, injuring more than 70 people. Just weeks later, a track foreman was killed by a train near West Haven. Then in September, a power failure disrupted travel on the New Haven line for nearly two weeks.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said he’s losing patience. He’s calling on federal officials to move quickly on a probe into Sunday’s deadly derailment. "I have already contacted the chairman of the NTSB, Deborah Hersman," he said. "I’ve urged an expedited investigation. We can’t wait as long for this investigation as we have been for the Bridgeport derailment which is still incomplete."

Blumenthal said Sunday’s tragedy again dramatizes the need to focus on railroad safety and reliability. He said, "It really adds powerful evidence to recent Connecticut incidents requiring that Metro-North confront questions about the adequacy of its equipment and tracks, maintenance, and repair practices."

Metro-North said New Haven Line service in Connecticut will not be affected by Sunday’s derailment.