New safety recommendations have been made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after a Connecticut Train Accident claimed the life of a Metro-North foreman.
On May 28, the foreman had requested a stretch of track be closed for maintenance. A request for the closure was put in by two controllers but was prematurely lifted by one of them. This allowed a train to barrel down the set of tracks where the foreman was working. The locomotive struck and killed the foreman as he was working.
Since the incident occurred, the two controllers responsible for allowing the train on the tracks have been suspended from duty. An article from NBC-Connecticut explained how the NTSB has also called for repetitive signal systems to be installed. The systems utilize a set of shunting devices that alert controllers when trains are on closed sets of tracks. The systems also allow a warning signal to be delivered to a train operator when such an error occurs to provide them with enough time to stop.
Metro-North responded by saying they would have the devices installed as soon as possible.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm acknowledges how dangerous working around trains can be. The firm is hopeful the recommendations will be effective in reducing the chances of future train accidents.