HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Metro-North Railroad official has told federal regulators investigating a derailment and fatal accident in May that the commuter line is behind schedule with some maintenance.
Robert Puciloski, chief engineer at Metro-North Railroad, said Wednesday in response to a question at a National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington that Metro-North is “behind in several areas” of maintenance for resurfacing and replacing railroad ties.
He said he does not know how Metro-North fell behind but it’s working to catch up. He also said Metro-North has made it a top priority to correct poor drainage areas.
A train derailed in Bridgeport on May 17 and was struck by another train, injuring 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor.
On May 28, a track foreman was killed by a train in West Haven.
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