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Commuter rail crash injures 60; Amtrak suspends service

Emergency workers arrive at the scene of a train collision in Fairfield, Conn.

AP/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham

Emergency workers arrive at the scene of a train collision in Fairfield, Conn.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Two commuter trains serving New York City collided during Friday’s evening rush hour, sending 60 people to the hospital, including five with critical injuries, Governor Dannel Malloy said.

Amtrak suspended service indefinitely between New York and Boston.

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About 250 people were on board the Metro-North trains when one heading east from New York City’s Grand Central Station to New Haven derailed about 6:10 p.m. just outside Bridgeport, MTA and Bridgeport officials said.

The train was hit by a train heading west from New Haven to Grand Central on an adjacent track, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. Some cars on the second train also derailed as a result of the collision. Investigators did not know what caused the first train to derail, he said.

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