BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The Metro-North commuter rail line says crews will spend days rebuilding 2,000 feet of track, overhead wires and signals damaged in a derailment and crash in Connecticut.
Metro-North President Howard Permut said Sunday that the two-track electrified railroad must be rebuilt. Crews will work around the clock for several days to make repairs and ensure that newly rebuilt infrastructure operates properly.
Jim Cameron, chairman of a commuter group, the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, said he's asked officials in numerous towns to suspend parking rules to accommodate what could be tens of thousands of commuters driving to unaffected train stations.
72 were sent to the hospital after the crash Friday evening. 9 remain hospitalized.
Service is suspended between South Norwalk and New Haven.
The transit agency that runs the Metro-North commuter rail line says trains damaged in a Friday crash are being removed in the first step to making repairs and restoring service.
Aaron Donovan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the trains will be removed Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board, which has been investigating, gave Metro-North the OK to remove the trains.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation will announce jointly with Metro-North on Sunday a plan for the rush-hour commute beginning Monday.
Investigators are looking at a broken section of rail to see if it is connected to the derailment and collision outside Bridgeport that left dozens injured.
Seventy-two people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after an eastbound train from New York City derailed and was hit by a westbound train.
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