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Metro North has weeks of issues, lawmaker calls for investigation

The past few weeks have brought with it several accidents involving Metro North trains.  There was the derailment and crash in mid-may followed by a rail worker being killed and then a fallen tree struck Friday morning.  Friday night a drawbridge was stuck in the open position leaving the evening commute with at least a 90 minute delay. 

 

4th District Congressman Jim Himes says there is a lot of work for the railroad to do to ensure safety of its passengers and its employees.  In the derailment accident, Metro North had inspected the track just days before and found a problem, but deemed it not important.  Himes says the fact that Metro North knew of a track problem is worrisome.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board report about the derailment and crash that injured more than 70 people is not due out for several months.

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