Broken rail suspected in US train crash

 

News article: Broken rail suspected in US train crash

A commuter train derailment and collision that left dozens injured outside New York City was not the result of foul play, officials say.

  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
A commuter train derailment and collision that left dozens injured outside New York City was not the result of foul play, officials say.



A fractured section of rail is instead being studied to determine if it is connected to the accident.



Officials described a devastating scene of shattered cars and other damage where two trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in Connecticut, saying on Saturday it was amazing no one was killed.



Seventy-two people were sent to hospital on Friday evening after the crash, which damaged the tracks and threatened to snarl travel in the north-east corridor.

"Broken rail suspected in US train crash"


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  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia


A Metro-North train, stuck on the tracks near the crash site in Bridgeport  (Neena Satija)  


Two Metro-North trains collided near Bridgeport, Connecticut, Friday during the height of the evening rush hour, injuring some 72 passengers, 3 critically. Train service to New Haven is suspended at least through the weekend, and Amtrak is suspending all Northeast Corridor between New York and New Haven indefinitely.



At approximately 6:10 pm Friday, the Metro-North train due in New Haven at 6:32, carrying about 300 passengers, derailed and struck a westbound train carrying about 400 passengers, according to a statement from the MTA, which runs Metro-North.

Passengers described a chaotic, terrifying scene of crunching metal and flying bodies, the Associated Press said. "All I know was I was in the air, hitting seats, bouncing around, flying down the aisle and finally I came to a stop on one seat," Lola Oliver, 49, of Bridgeport, told The Associated Press. "It happened so fast I had no idea what was going on. All I know is we crashed."

Officials late Saturday said they were ruling out foul play and were focusing on a section of damaged track, though Eric Weener of the National Transportation Safety Board said it was too early to tell whether that damage had occurred before or after the crash.

The MTA has halted train service to New Haven through at least the weekend, though there will be reduced service from Grand Central Terminal through South Norwalk.

Governor Dannel Malloy is urging commuters to make alternate plans, warning "this could take a number of days."

According to the MTA, "there are four tracks in this segment of the New Haven Line, but two of those tracks are out of service for a long-term project to replace overhead wires. On the remaining two tracks, there was extensive infrastructure damage as a result of the collision. Both the track and the overhead wire have been damaged.  The train cars cannot be removed until the on-scene investigation is complete, and they will need to be removed by crane."

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said at a briefing Saturday that newer, safer cars likely prevented more injuries. He described a scene where massive train cars were strewn about "like toys" and metal had been shredded to resemble "ribbons."

Local police have been investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene.

The MTA says this is the most serious derailment since 1988, when an engineer was killed.

According to the MTA: Reduced, hourly service will operate between South Norwalk Station and Grand Central Terminal.  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.

Yankee game service will be in effect between Stamford and Yankee Stadium.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
the line looks to be in good shape

  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
the line looks to be in good shape

JimYarin

That looks like Wellington N.Z. (so probably explains why the line looks okay!)
  Groover Train Controller

Location: A long way from home
That looks like Wellington N.Z. (so probably explains why the line looks okay!)
12CSVT
Yep, sure is Wellington.  A couple of Maitangi trains.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Yep, sure is Wellington.  A couple of Maitangi trains.
Groover
That pic is clearly narrow gauge whereas US uses standard gauge. How did the NZ pic get into the story anyway Question
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
That pic is clearly narrow gauge whereas US uses standard gauge. How did the NZ pic get into the story anyway Question
The Vinelander
More importantly who is Jim Yarin Razz
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Track circuits can detect some, but not all, broken rails, putting signals to red when breaks are detected.

Were the US lines equipped with track circuits ?

In Auckland, NZ, with electrification, main lines are being fitted with axle counters (except for headshunts), which never detect broken rails.

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