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Hearing Scheduled On 2 Train Accidents In Conn.

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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) _ The National Transportation Safety Board is holding an investigative hearing on two recent Metro-North Railroad accidents that occurred in Connecticut.

The two-day hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Washington, D.C. It will continue Thursday and will include testimony on several issues, including track inspection and maintenance, passenger car safety standards, crashworthiness, policy and practice of roadway worker protection and organizational safety culture.

On May 17 in Bridgeport, an eastbound train derailed and was struck by a westbound train, injuring 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor.

On May 28, a track foreman, Robert Luden, was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.

The NTSB has said the determination of a probable cause for each accident will be released when the investigations are complete.

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