Tetreau praises response to train collision

First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Fire Chief Richard Felner walk toward a meeting with other responders at the scene of Friday's night's train collision. Bridgeport and Fairfield emergency crews led the response, and the wreck straddled the border between the towns. (John Kovach Photo)

First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Fire Chief Richard Felner walk toward a meeting with other responders at the scene of Friday’s night’s train collision. Bridgeport and Fairfield emergency crews led the response, and the wreck straddled the border between the towns. (John Kovach Photo)

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau praised the response by Fairfield and Bridgeport emergency personnel to Friday night’s collision between two trains on Metro-North’s New Haven Line.

“The teamwork between Fairfield and Bridgeport First Responders was excellent,” Tetreau said in a tweet. “They worked as one team!”

Tetreau is among those surprised more people were not injured – or worse – in Friday evening’s train derailment and collision.

The eastbound train, headed toward Bridgeport, derailed, Tetreau tweeted Saturday, May 18. While the first car remained on the tracks, “the trailing cars all derailed.”

“We are lucky again that the oncoming westbound train was delivered a glancing blow by the eastbound train,” Tetreau said in a tweet. “A complete head on collision would have been much worse causing much more damage and injury.”

Tetreau has inspected the scene, and said damage to the tracks is limited to the stretch between the Fairfield Metro and Bridgeport stations.

Service is out for Fairfield and Westport because there is no power to the tracks.

“The key question is when will power be restored so that Fairfield and Wesport stations are back on line,” Tetreau tweeted.

Metro-North service is suspended between South Norwalk and New Haven until further notice. Reduced, hourly service will operate between South Norwalk station (departing 39 minutes after the hour) and Grand Central Terminal (departing 7 minutes after the hour).

Regular service will operate between Stamford and Grand Central Terminal. Regular service will be in effect on the New Canaan and Danbury branches.

Bus service will be in effect between Waterbury and Bridgeport, with no train connections.

Schedule information can be found at mta.info.

“Fairfield is the second busiest stop on the Metro North line,” Tetreau tweeted. “It will take a lot of buses to move commuters Monday.”

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