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Safety officials launch probe into Connecticut train crash

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 01:30

May 18 - U.S. safety officials launched a probe into the Connecticut train derailment and crash that injured dozens. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Investigators descended on the site of a train crash that injured dozens in Connecticut. They're searching for clues about what may caused one of the trains to derail and crash into another. U.S. safety officials have lauched a probe into the incident. SOUNDBITE: Earl Weener, National Transportation Safety Board saying: "We will be looking at the braking performance of the train, the conditions of the wheels. We will be looking at the condition of the track and the railbed. We are looking at signaling information, downloading whatever data we can to ascertain whether or not they were operating properly. In terms of the train operation, we will be looking at how the crew behaved and how the crew operated the train." The crash during rushhour on Friday sent 60 people to the hospital. SOUNDBITE: Earl Weener, National Transportation Safety Board, Saying : "We will not be determining the probable cause of the accident while we're here on scene, nor will we speculate on what may have caused the accident. We expect this on scene phase of the investigation to last as long as seven to ten days." 1057 The eastbound train was headed to New Haven, Connecticut, when it collided with the train bound for New York's Grand Central Station. The crash prompted Amtrak to shut down service indefinitely between New York and Boston, a route used by thousands each day.

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Safety officials launch probe into Connecticut train crash

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 01:30