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Metro-North Removes All Damaged Train Cars in Connecticut

Connecticut state investigators examine the scene of a Metro-North Railroad train collision. Photographer: Michael Graae/Getty Images
Connecticut state investigators examine the scene of a Metro-North Railroad train collision. Photographer: Michael Graae/Getty Images

May 19 (Bloomberg) -- Metro-North Railroad said repairs of rail line torn up by a rush-hour derailment and collision in Connecticut will take days to complete, as the agency finished removing all the damaged cars from the tracks.

All 16 rail cars were cleared by this afternoon, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Aaron Donovan said in an e-mail. The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Metro-North will announce a plan for tomorrow’s rush-hour commute by this evening.

Metro-North will need to rebuild 2,000 feet (609 meters) of damaged track, overhead wires and the signal system, Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut said in an earlier statement. The repairs will require multiple days of around-the-clock work to rebuild the track and wires, which will also need to be inspected, tested and requalified, he said.

Connecticut and federal authorities yesterday told commuters to make alternate plans while asking for patience as investigators examine the site of the May 17 accident.

Nine patients are still hospitalized in Bridgeport, Connecticut, hospitals. One remains in critical condition.

Amtrak today said there is no service between New York and New Haven, Connecticut, and limited service between Boston and New Haven. Metro-North said trains between South Norwalk and New Haven were suspended indefinitely.

Metro-North Railroad, which is run by the MTA, is the second-largest commuter railroad in the U.S., taking passengers from Grand Central Station to Connecticut and the northern suburbs of New York City. The rail line carries about 282,000 passengers on weekdays, according to its website.

The accident occurred when an eastbound New York City-to-New Haven train derailed about 6:10 p.m. local time near an I-95 highway overpass in Bridgeport. A train traveling in the opposite direction on an adjacent track then struck the derailed train.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Hart in Washington at dahart@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net

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