This is a statement, unedited here, from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. following a fatal Metro-North train derailment in the Riverdale
section of the Bronx in New York City: (See photos of the accident here.)
desperately tragic derailment dramatizes again the need for focus on
railroad safety and reliability – adding powerful evidence to recent
Connecticut incidents. Although causes must be determined, Metro-North
must confront questions about adequacy of equipment, tracks, and
maintenance and repair practices.
“Riders are losing patience with this railroad and so am I. These severe
accidents and service disruptions are unacceptable. I have contacted
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman and urged an expedited investigation. In
addition to reaching out to NTSB, my office
and I are in contact with New York and Connecticut officials as they
work to reduce disruption to travel on Connecticut lines.
“In the meantime, our hearts and prayers go out to the injured and loved ones of fatalities.”
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