Sen. Richard Blumenthal Nearly Hit By Train During Commuter Safety Speech (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., had a close call with a train Friday while giving a speech on commuter safety at a Metro-North station.

Blumenthal called the press conference at the Milford Metro-North station to demand more accountability from the railway after a report showed the MTA has had 139 violations resulting in $552,000 worth of fines since 2004.

Blumenthal was standing on the platform beside Milford Mayor Ben Blake when a train nearly struck him in the back.

“Safety, as you know, is paramount,” Blake said just before the train whizzed by, taking out an easel they set on the yellow line.

Blumenthal had no comment about the close call.

Data provided by the Federal Railroad Administration shows the Metro-North has five times the number of safety defects as any commuter railroad in the country.

It saw two train derailments in 2013, one in New York City killed four passengers.

A spokeswoman for the Metro-North said earlier this month that the commuter railroad generally does better in federal inspection that most railroads.

Sources: MediaiteThe Journal News