72 hurt in Metro-North collision in Conn.; service affected - New York News

72 hurt in Metro-North collision in Conn.

Posted: Updated:
Crowds at the Green Farms station on the Metro-North New Haven line. Crowds at the Green Farms station on the Metro-North New Haven line.
MYFOXNY.COM -

Officials in Connecticut say it was amazing that there were no fatalities or more injuries after two Metro-North trains collided around 6 p.m. in Fairfield Friday evening.

A train from New Haven, bound for Grand Central Station, derailed east of Fairfield station and then hit a westbound train on the next track.

The crash happened between the Fairfield and Bridgeport stations and sent 72 people to the hospital.

Dozens of cops, medics, firefighters and other emergency workers responded the scene of the accident, near Commerce Avenue and State Street, of what the MTA called a "major derailment." 

Crews could be seen taking passengers away on stretchers. Some responders used ladders to climb over the chain-link fence separating the street from the tracks.

According to some officials, the new Metro-North Railroad cars built with higher standards may have saved lives. 

"The damage is absolutely staggering; I feel that we are fortunate that even more injuries were not the result of this very tragic and unfortunate accident," said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. 

Blumenthal credited first responders, saying their "quick reactions and heroic efforts undoubtedly saved lives." 

Officials don't know when Metro-North service will be restored. There is no westbound service being provided beyond Bridgeport due to a train incident in the vicinity of Bridgeport. Eastbound service will run to South Norwalk.  

The crash has caused Amtrak service to be suspended in both directions between New York City and Boston. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy said commuters should make plans for alternative travel through the area and urged them to consult the state Department of Transportation website for information. 

"I think this is going to be with us for a number of days," the governor said. 

The National Transportation Safety Board said investigators arrived Saturday and are expected to be on location for the next week to 10 days. Investigators will look at the brakes and performance of the trains, the condition of the tracks, crew performance and train signal information, among other things. 

According to a St. Vincent Medical Center spokeswoman, 46 people from the crash were treated there, with six of them admitted. All were in stable condition, she said. 

A Bridgeport Hospital spokesman said 26 people from the crash were treated there, with three of them admitted. Two were in critical condition and one was in stable condition, he said. The other 23 were released. 

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said the disruption caused by the crash could cost the region's economy millions of dollars. 

"A lot of people rely on this, and we've got to get this reconnected as soon as possible," said Finch.

According to MTA, Metro-North train service remained suspended between South Norwalk and New Haven until further notice.

  • Connecticut NewsConnecticut NewsMore>>

  • Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:26:19 GMT
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
  • Ron Howard sells Connecticut-New York estate for $27.5 million

    Ron Howard sells Connecticut-New York estate for $27.5 million

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:47:39 GMT

    Now that they're empty-nesters, Ron Howard and his wife have sold their nest straddling the New York and Connecticut state line for $27.5 million. Howard and his wife, Cheryl, bought the Conyers Farm estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Armonk, New York, in 1991 and spent years constructing the house and outbuildings.


    Now that they're empty-nesters, Ron Howard and his wife have sold their nest straddling the New York and Connecticut state line for $27.5 million. Howard and his wife, Cheryl, bought the Conyers Farm estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Armonk, New York, in 1991 and spent years constructing the house and outbuildings.


  • Mom: 4-year-old banned from doughnut shop

    Mom: 4-year-old banned from doughnut shop

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:05 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:05:13 GMT
    4-year-old Justin Otero is a curious guy, but his curiosity got him into some trouble at his local Connecticut doughnut shop.
    4-year-old Justin Otero is a curious guy, but his curiosity got him into some trouble at his local Connecticut doughnut shop.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:30:38 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
  • Newark, Jersey City, Paterson

    3 New Jersey mayors announce joint anti-crime plan

    3 New Jersey mayors announce joint anti-crime plan

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:28:17 GMT

    The mayors of New Jersey's three largest urban areas said Monday they are looking at inter-city collaboration as a way to stem the flow of bloodshed on their streets. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres spoke mainly in generalities about the partnership, but said specifics would be hammered out at a mayors' roundtable that will convene in September.

    The mayors of New Jersey's three largest urban areas said Monday they are looking at inter-city collaboration as a way to stem the flow of bloodshed on their streets. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres spoke mainly in generalities about the partnership, but said specifics would be hammered out at a mayors' roundtable that will convene in September.


  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:11:24 GMT
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened near West 4th Street and Jones Street. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened near West 4th Street and Jones Street. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices