Rail safety concerns for Connecticut commuters after New Jersey crash

- FILE - The arrivals and departures board at New Haven's Union Station (WTNH / Joe D'Addesse)
- FILE - The arrivals and departures board at New Haven's Union Station (WTNH / Joe D'Addesse)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — After the deadly crash in New Jersey Thursday, some rail commuters are on edge, and the focus for train operators and legislators has turned to rail safety.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) says there are systems that will stop or slow down trains. The Senator believes there is a lack and a gap in safety on rails; highlighting excessive speed, conductor error, and a lack of proper investment in equipment.

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Federal and regional investigators are still looking into what may have caused the deadly crash in Hoboken, New Jersey Thursday, but Positive Train Control may have helped stop the train. So far in Connecticut, Positive Train Control has been installed from New Haven to the Rhode Island border. Workers are still finshing up Postive Train Control from New Haven south to the New York border.

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Senator Blumenthal says rail safety needs more investment, and some folks riding the rail feel uneasy.

“Well you hear stories you know some conductors drinking, some sleeping so you think about that and you hope when you get on that train it’s not going to happen to you but who knows,” commuter Deserie Normandia said.

“There are systems that will stop or slow down trains and prevent this tragedy,” Senator Blumenthal said. “We need to invest in those systems.”

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There is a federal mandate to install Positive Train Control nationwide by the end of 2018.

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