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NTSB Considers This Year’s Metro-North Accidents

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NTSB hearing, Nov. 6, 2013  (Courtesy NTSB.gov website)

NTSB hearing, Nov. 6, 2013 (Courtesy NTSB.gov website)

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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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May 17, 2013 rail inspection (Courtesy NTSB.gov website, from Nov. 6, 2013 hearing)

May 17, 2013 rail inspection (Courtesy NTSB.gov website, from Nov. 6, 2013 hearing)

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