NEW YORK - Commuters from southwestern Connecticut were among the many who learned about the deadly Metro-North derailment while at Grand Central Terminal.

Many of the people in Grand Central Terminal waited hours to get to their final destination as a result of the derailment this morning.

As news of the derailment spread through the media, commuters said their loved ones panicked and immediately began contacting them.

Despite the wait, the majority of these travelers said their first thoughts were for the victims and their families.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he immediately joined New York Sen. Chuck Schumer in requesting a federal probe.

"We cannot wait a year for the results of this investigation, as we have on the derailment in Bridgeport. We need an expedited investigation by the NTSB," Blumenthal said.