NTSB Investigators Analyze Broken Rail Near Metro-North Crash Site
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As investigators look into the what caused two Metro-North trains to collide head-on in Connecticut during the Friday evening rush hour, they are now focusing on the tracks.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are closely examining a broken section of rail to see if it is connected to the collision.
A portion of the track is being sent to a lab for analysis.
On Saturday, officials ruled out the possibility of any foul play.
"The fracture occurred in the vicinity of a joint on the eastbound section of the track and it is of substantial interest to us. We will be sending a portion of that track back to the laboratory in Washington, D.C. for analysis," said NTBS official Earl Weener.
Officials say one train heading from Grand Central to New Haven derailed and was struck by a train heading in the opposite direction during the Friday night rush hour.
Several train cars jumped the tracks and dozens of passengers were injured.
The NTSB says its investigation of the collision could take up to 10 days.
Meanwhile, crews have begun shifting their focus towards cleanup and rebuilding.
Amtrak service between New York and Boston is suspended indefinitely, and Metro-North service is also impacted.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said commuters should make plans for alternate travel throughout the area.
For more transit updates, visit mta.info and amtrak.com.