Report: Metro-North fined $2,000 in worker’s death

Metro-North railroad car. (WTNH)
Metro-North railroad car. (WTNH)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut newspaper group is reporting that Metro-North Railroad paid a $2,000 fine in the death of a signal maintainer struck by a train.

Hearst Connecticut Media reported Saturday  that federal records show the fine was levied following the January 2009 death of Kenneth McGrath in Rye, N.Y. He was struck by a train headed to New Haven.

Regulators fined Metro-North for failing to follow proper radio procedures. Records show that after the train struck the 49-year-old McGrath the engineer failed to say “emergency” three times when reporting the accident over the radio.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the relatively small fine raises “severe and serious concerns.” He says he will raise the issue with the Federal Railroad Administration at a hearing scheduled for this week.

Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders declined comment.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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