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Engineer Saw ‘Unusual Condition’ Before Derailment

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(Courtesy Fairfield Police)

(Courtesy Fairfield Police)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Federal officials investigating last week’s train derailment in Connecticut say the engineer described what they call an “unusual condition” on the track before the train derailed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not specify the condition.

The NTSB also said Friday that a joint bar, used to hold two sections of rail together, was cracked and repaired by Metro-North personnel last month. Sections of the rail in the area of the derailment have been shipped to Washington for further examination.

NTSB says Metro-North is conducting an inspection and inventory of all the joint bars on its main line tracks.

More than 70 people were injured in last Friday’s accident in Bridgeport, and rail service in the area was disrupted for several days. Full service was restored Wednesday after repairs.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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