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Train Woes Prompt Meeting With Metro-North

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Metro North file image from Metro North web site.

Metro North file image from Metro North web site.

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) – Metro-North officials have agreed to meet with emergency responders from Westport to address concerns that passengers were stuck on a train for almost an hour last week in triple-digit heat.

Three trains became stalled in southwest Connecticut on Friday and many more were delayed because problems with the overhead lines expanding in the heat.

Westport authorities say they received numerous 9-1-1 calls from people who were stuck on a train near the Green’s Farms station without water or air conditioning.

Emergency responders said they were delayed in reaching riders because Metro-North dispatchers initially indicated that the train was not carrying passengers.

Metro-North President Howard Permut tells the Greenwich Time that railroad officials will meet this week with the emergency responders to determine what can be done to improve communication.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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