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Blumenthal Calls For Railroad Safety Provisions

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A Metro-North train at the Bridgeport station. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A Metro-North train at the Bridgeport station. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on Metro-North Railroad to quickly install technology to prevent more fatalities.

The Connecticut Democrat headed a hearing before a congressional committee on Wednesday to examine the state of safety on the nation’s passenger and freight rail networks. On a conference call with reporters, Blumenthal and Connecticut Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said a shunt that acts a red light can be installed quickly and cheaply.

Robert Luden, a 52-year-old track foreman, was struck and killed May 28 by a train at a Metro-North station under construction.

Blumenthal said the failure to install the technology is “inexplicable and inexcusable.”

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said power could inadvertently be routed through shunts, creating a different type of danger. Metro-North is taking another look at shunts and discussing it with other commuter railroads.

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

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