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Metro-North trains ‘bump’ near Bridgeport, 3 injured

July 12, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — At least three people were injured when two work trains bumped into each other near Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Thursday.

Two of the workers on these train cars were described by Bridgeport city officials to be “walking wounded,” without any serious injuries. The third worker sustained more serious injuries that required fire personnel and emergency medical response teams, officials said.

“We have inspectors on the way to the scene to assess the situation,” said Marc Willis, deputy director of public affairs for the Federal Railroad Administration.

The Bridgeport police and fire departments, American Medical Response and MTA police were among those at the scene after the 1:45 p.m. accident.

All workers were evacuated off the trains.

At the scene shortly after, medical personnel were spotted carrying empty stretchers toward the trains. At least one person was seen being carried away on a stretcher.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Richard Thode said two people were taken away on stretchers and the third was able to climb down the ladder truck.

The first ambulance left the scene with a male victim around 2:45 p.m.

Northbound and southbound service was temporarily shut down until all injured people and first responders are safely away from the tracks.

Thode said the best way to describe the incident was that two trains bumped; he said “collision” was too strong of a word.

A Metro-North spokeswoman said one train was an equipment train and the other was a train without any passengers on it. She said both trains were traveling at low speeds.

The trains bumped into each other between the Bridgeport train station and Main Street overpass.

Metro-North reported delays of up to 25 minutes on the New Haven line because of single tracking between Southport and Fairfield Metro around 2:30 p.m. Around 3 p.m., those delays had bumped up to around 45 minutes.

The access road to the Bridgeport Port Jefferson Ferry was closed off to vehicles. Access was still available by foot, and traffic was re-routed to a secondary entrance on Water Street.

At the same time, Metro-North said the Waterbury Branch Line service is currently experiencing delays of 30 to 35 minutes due to a disabled train in Bridgeport.

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