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UPDATE: Conn. Rail Service Returning To Normal

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Seventy people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after a commuter train crash in Connecticut. Seventy people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after a commuter train crash in Connecticut.
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Update: May 22, 2013

The trains are running again in Connecticut where a derailment five days ago disrupted thousands of commuters and Amtrak passengers. 

The damaged section of track on one of the nation's oldest and most heavily traveled railways has been repaired, but trains have a slower speed limit through the area -- a routine precaution.

May 18, 2013

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.

The rail line referred to it in a news release as a "major derailment."

A spokesman for public safety officials in nearby Bridgeport says about 250 people were on the two trains that collided after one derailed.

The railroad says a train that departed New York City's Grand Central station en route to New Haven derailed. A westbound train on an adjacent track then struck the derailed train.

Some cars on the second train also derailed as a result of the collision.

Amtrak suspended service indefinitely between New York and Boston.

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