Did rail break before or after trains crashed

Metro-North crews inspect one of the trains involved in a collision Friday, May 17, immediately after the incident. (John Kovach Photo)

Metro-North crews inspect one of the trains involved in a collision Friday, May 17, immediately after the incident. (John Kovach Photo)

Stressing that the investigation is in the early stages, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Saturday, May 18, that a broken rail was found at the scene of a train derailment and subsequent collision Friday night.

A section of track near a rail joint was fractured on the eastbound side, NTSB Member Earl Weener said Saturday.

The eastbound train, bound for New Haven, derailed. Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau said the lead car stayed on the track, but following calls all left the rails.

The NTSB said it is not known if the rail cracked before or after the crash.

The track had been repaired in the past month.

The NTSB will next inspect the train that immediately preceded the one that derailed through that section of track along Commerce Street near Fairfield Avenue.

 

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