5 Remain Seriously Hurt in Conn. Train Collision

Investigators don't know why first train derailed

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 18, 2013 5:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities still aren't sure what caused two commuter trains to collide outside Bridgeport, Conn., yesterday evening. An eastbound Metro-North train derailed and got hit by a westbound train on adjacent tracks, reports the Journal News. About 60 people were treated, and five remained critically injured as of this morning, reports AP. One of the trains was headed to New York's Grand Central Station, and the other was coming from there. The accident is expected to snarl train traffic, including Amtrak's, all along the Northeast Corridor over the weekend.

"All I know was I was in the air, hitting seats, bouncing around, flying down the aisle and finally I came to a stop on one seat," says one 49-year-old female passenger. "It happened so fast I had no idea what was going on."

Injured passengers are transported from the scene.
Injured passengers are transported from the scene.   (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham)
Injured passengers are removed from the scene of the train collision in Connecticut.
Injured passengers are removed from the scene of the train collision in Connecticut.   (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham)
Emergency personnel work at the scene where two Metro North commuter trains collided near Fairfield, Conn.
Emergency personnel work at the scene where two Metro North commuter trains collided near Fairfield, Conn.   (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham)
This frame grab taken from aerial video from WABC-TV shows the scene just outside Bridgeport, Conn.
This frame grab taken from aerial video from WABC-TV shows the scene just outside Bridgeport, Conn.   (AP Photo/WABC-TV)
This frame grab taken from aerial video from WABC-TV shows the scene just outside Bridgeport, Conn.
This frame grab taken from aerial video from WABC-TV shows the scene just outside Bridgeport, Conn.   (AP Photo/WABC-TV)
Passengers leave the area where two Metro North commuter trains collided near Bridgeport, Con.
Passengers leave the area where two Metro North commuter trains collided near Bridgeport, Con.   (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham)
Emergency workers arrive at the scene near Bridgeport, Conn.
Emergency workers arrive at the scene near Bridgeport, Conn.   (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham)
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