Probe begins after Conn. commuter trains crash

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by JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN / The Associated Press

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Posted on May 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Updated Saturday, May 18 at 6:59 PM

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Officials are describing a devastating scene of shattered cars and other damage where two trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in Connecticut. They say it’s fortunate no one was killed.

Seventy people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after the crash, which damaged the tracks and threatened to snarl travel in the Northeast Corridor.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy couldn’t say when Metro-North Railroad service would be restored. The crash also caused Amtrak to suspend service between New York and Boston.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived Saturday and are expected to be on site for seven to 10 days.

They will look at the brakes and performance of the trains, the condition of the tracks, crew performance and train signal information, among other things.

NTSB board member Earl Weener says it’s too early to speculate on a cause for the collision.

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