FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Investigators have begun their probe — and have not ruled out foul play — following the derailment and collision of two crowded Metro-North trains in Connecticut.
As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, the derailment was followed by a violent crash that crushed train cars and twisted tracks like spaghetti.
The National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the crash was just beginning Saturday. The agency will be looking at the condition of the brakes, the wheels, the track and if the signals were working properly.
“In terms of the train operation, we’ll looking at how the crew behaved and how the crew operated the train,” said NTSB member Earl Weener. “Our survival factors focus will looks at injuries from this accident, determine how they happened.”
Weener said the initial information from the black boxes in the trains has been downloaded, and foul play has not been ruled out. The on-scene investigation will take about seven to 10 days, but it could be some time before the agency determines exactly what caused the derailment and collision.
Service between South Norwalk and New Haven, Conn., likely will take until after Monday to resume, as the investigation will take seven to 10 days, authorities said.