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Damage shows violence of impact between trains

Damage shows how an oncoming train scraped against one car before tearing into the next when an eastbound train derailed near the Bridgeport-Fairfield line Friday, May 17. The last of the damaged cars were removed Sunday, May 19. (John Kovach Photo)

Damage shows how an oncoming train scraped against one car before tearing into the next when an eastbound train derailed near the Bridgeport-Fairfield line Friday, May 17. The last of the damaged cars were removed Sunday, May 19. (John Kovach Photo)

The final damaged cars were being removed from the tracks spanning Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport Sunday, May 19, laying bare the damage caused when a derailed train was struck by another Friday, May 17.

Of the 60 transported to the hospital immediately after the collision, four remain at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and two at Bridgeport Hospital. One patient remains in critical condition, down from six Friday night.

Three cars remain on the tracks, but should be removed in the next 24 hours, officials said.

The incident began when an eastbound train, bound for Bridgeport and New Haven, derailed around 6:10 p.m.

“Preliminary review indicates both trains were traveling at approximately 70 mph just prior to the collision,” the National Transportation Safety Board tweeted Sunday.

Stressing that the finding was preliminary and further tests had to be done away from the crash scene, the NTSB said a fractured rail was found near the site of the crash, but it is not clear if that break occurred before or after the collision.

Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau, who was on the tracks inspecting the crash scene with state and NTSB officials, said Saturday that the first car in the eastbound train remained on the tracks, but those trailing it derailed.

The cars that were off the tracks were struck and sideswiped by the westbound train.

Sunday, witnesses could see into the new M8 cars that were torn open by the impact, which left 60 injured, 5 critically as of Friday night.

In one car, the first seats were pushed about and torn.

“Let’s please keep the injured in our thoughts and prayers and ask for a speedy recovery,” a Code RED message from the Town of Fairfield said Sunday.

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