Metro-North train derails; 60 injuries reported; service disrupted

Train passenger Rob Oliver of New Haven took this photo after getting off one of the trains and posted it on Twitter.

Train passenger Rob Oliver of New Haven took this photo after getting off one of the trains and posted it on Twitter.

Two Metro-North trains collided in Fairfield Friday night at approximately 6:10 p.m., injuring at least 60 passengers and train crew members. No fatalities have been reported.

Gov. Dannel Malloy was at the scene at about 9:30 this evening, and said five people were critically injured, with one in “very critical condition.”

There is “pretty devastating damage” to the rail cars with a side ripped off and “extensive damage” to the front, Mr. Malloy said.

“We have no reason to believe it was anything but an accident but obviously that is something that needs to be looked at,” Mr. Malloy said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. The governor said the area is being secured and that the investigation is expected to last into Saturday morning.

The MTA reports service is suspended in both directions between South Norwalk and New Haven. Westbound service will originate out of South Norwalk making all stops to Grand Central Terminal. Eastbound service will make all stops to South Norwalk.

Passengers are reporting there is bus service eastbound from Stamford train station.

A Metro-North spokesman told Hersam Acorn newspapers that an eastbound train was derailed at the Fairfield Metro Station, causing it to collide with a westbound train.

The governor said he promises a “full and robust” investigation and said “nothing can be ruled out, but nothing is being promoted as a cause yet.”

Mr. Malloy said travelers should anticipate that train service will end at Bridgeport (westbound) and South Norwalk (eastbound) at least through Monday. This includes Amtrak service between New York and Boston.

“In a perfect world, we would be up and running by Monday morning, but I’m not saying that,” Mr. Malloy said.

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