Blumenthal Issues Statement After Touring Site Of Sunday Metro-North Derailment

(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today issued the following statement after touring the site of Sunday's Metro-North derailment with representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): 

“The fact that this train left the tracks at 82 miles per hour is absolutely harrowing and appalling. Our visit to the site was bone chilling. Whatever the cause operator error or equipment malfunction this train was going far too fast. This serious incident is the fifth for Metro-North in just more than six months, raising urgent questions about safety and reliability that the railroad must confront. I renewed my call to NTSB officials today for an expedited investigation and report. The faith of Metro-North's riders is on the line.”