Senate holds hearings on preventing train accidents in wake of Metro-North derailment

Sen. Richard Blumenthal chaired a Senate committee today on what can be done to prevent future train accidents. The hearing follows last month's collision of

Sen. Blumenthal says the goal of today's hearing was to get a better idea of challenges facing railways nationwide.

Sen. Blumenthal says the goal of today's hearing was to get a better idea of challenges facing railways nationwide. (6/19/13)

BRIDGEPORT - Sen. Richard Blumenthal chaired a Senate committee today on what can be done to prevent future train accidents.

The hearing follows last month's collision of two Metro-North trains in Bridgeport.

Sen. Blumenthal says the goal of today's hearing was to get a better idea of challenges facing railways nationwide.

Among those challenges, officials agree, are old rails that are in need of a major upgrade.

Sen. Blumenthal says old rails were responsible for the accident that took place in Bridgeport last month. News 12 reports that Blumenthal appeared convinced that a track inspection performed two days before the collision forecast the derailment as inevitable.

Metro-North officials were not present at today's hearing, but they issued a statement saying they're working with the National Transportation Safety Board on its investigation into the cause of the accident.

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