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Connecticut Metro North Train Derailment and Collision Investigated

Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 18, 2013 in Product Liability

USA Today reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun its investigation into Friday's derailment and collision involving 2 commuter trains just east of the Fairfield Metro Station, near the Bridgeport-Fairfield border.  At least 70 were injured, 5 critically.

Federal transportation officials (the National Transportation Safety Board) are also investigating.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a public benefits corporation responsible for public transportation in 12 counties in southeastern New York, and 2 in Connecticut (pursuant to a contract with the Connecticut Department of Transportation).  Any claims against the MTA arising out of this collision could be subject to stringent notice requirements (including a 90-day deadline) and a 1-year statute of limitations.

The jolt of the impact was so strong, several passengers reported that people were flung around the cars.  The damage has been described as "staggering."  The wreckage remains on the tracks, which is expected to cripple rail service in the Northeast Corridor.