Blumenthal Reacts To Hoboken Train Accident

Sep 30, 2016
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., says Metro-North trains are vulnerable to the kind of tragic accident that happened in Hoboken, New Jersey, this week.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to investigate the recent string of small plane crashes on Long Island. Since the beginning of the year, seven small planes have crashed in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, more than all of last year.

NTSB Investigating Cause Of Long Island Plane Crash

May 5, 2016
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Investigators are trying to figure out why a small plane broke apart over Syosset, Long Island, on Tuesday afternoon, killing its three passengers. The plane was flying from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Plainville, Connecticut.

Senior NTSB investigator Robert Gretz says there is no indication why the small plane broke up.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is calling on federal officials to conduct an expedited investigation into Sunday's train derailment on Metro North's Hudson line, which killed 4 people and injured more than 60.

Blumenthal cited recent incidents that impacted Connecticut commuters on the New Haven Line in his call to action.

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A Metro-North Railroad official told federal regulators on Wednesday that the commuter line is behind schedule on some of its maintenance and has not updated certain standards in years.

On May 17 in Bridgeport, an eastbound train derailed and was struck by a westbound train, injuring 76 people. Eleven days later, a track worker was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.