Friday, May 17, 2013

Metro North Trains Collide, Derail

1010 WINS: Two Metro-North trains have collided in Bridgeport, Conn., causing one train to derail.

Related : Commuter Train Derails Near Bridgeport-Fairfield Line; Possible Injuries

The Hartford Courant
7:02 p.m. EDT, May 17, 2013

BRIDGEPORT— A Metro-North commuter train derailed Friday night and hit a train heading in the opposite direction near the Fairfield-Bridgeport border, and there are preliminary reports of injuries, an MTA official said.

At about 6:10 p.m. an eastbound train, the 4:41 p.m. train out of New Haven, derailed just east of the Fairfield metro station, said Marjorie Anders, an MTA spokeswoman. It then hit the side of a westbound train on the adjacent track.

Some cars on the second train, the 5:30 p.m. out of New Haven, also derailed, Anders said.

Emergency personnel are on scene and there are preliminary reports of injuries, she said.

All Metro-North service between Stamford and New Haven has been stopped and trains that have already departed are being stopped at the nearest station, Anders said.

The Department of Transportation reported that the Exit 25 off ramp of I-95 southbound is closed in Fairfield due to police activity. That exit is close to the train tracks.

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