Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blumenthal statement after fatal Metro-North train derailment in New York


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.)

“This 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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