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Conn. Rail Council Wants Answers On Bridgeport Derailment As Dissolution Nears

Current Council To Dissolve After Wednesday's Meeting
NTSB investigators on the scene of a Metro-North train derailment and crash in Connecticut. (credit: NTSB/Flickr)

NTSB investigators on the scene of a Metro-North train derailment and crash in Connecticut. (credit: NTSB/Flickr)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Big changes are coming to the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, which is in the midst of investigating last month’s derailment and collision on Metro-North’s New Haven line.

It will be up to Gov. Dannel Malloy and legislative leaders to appoint members to the new Connecticut Commuter Rail Council.

Current chair Jim Cameron noted it was Malloy who proposed the reorganization of the council.

“I think you’d have to ask the governor what his motivation was but there are some on the council who feel that this move is retribution against the outspoken nature of the Commuter Council,” Cameron told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

A Malloy spokesman said appointing council members from the entire state and not just from Fairfield County will reflect the state’s expanding investment in rail.

The current rail council will dissolve following its last meeting on Wednesday. Its dissolution comes as its members are seeking answers about an incident last month just outside Bridgeport that crippled the New Haven line for several days.

“Ironically, we’re going out dealing with the biggest issue in the history of the council, and that is the derailment and collision that happened on May 17,” said Cameron.

The derailment left more than 70 people injured.

The council is also seeking answers about the investigation into the death of a track worker 11 days after the derailment.

The state legislature moved to dissolve the council before its most recent session ended. Cameron said he does not know if he’ll be appointed to serve on the new council.

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