Statement from Connecticut Transportation Committee re: Metro North Fatal Crash

February 4, 2015

Hartford, CT – Leaders of Connecticut’s Transportation Committee: Representative Tony Guerrera, Co-Chair, Senator Toni Boucher, Ranking Member and Representative Tom O’Dea, Ranking Member released the following statement today re: Tuesday evening’s deadly Metro-North incident involving a 5:45 pm commuter train that struck an SUV in a crossing in Valhalla, N.Y. Six people including the driver of the car were killed.

State Representative Tony Guerrera remarked, “as chair of the Transportation Committee I will continue to monitor the ongoing investigation into the cause of this terrible accident. My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost loved ones, and to everyone else impacted by this tragedy.”

State Senator Toni Boucher, a ranking member on the committee offered her support to those affected by the crash. “We were all deeply saddened to learn of this latest tragedy on Metro-North. My sincere condolences to out to the victims, their families, and to those traumatized commuters who had to experience the worst accident in Metro North’s history.

“The Transportation Committee will be receiving updates on the investigation into this tragedy, which underscores the importance of crisis management, safety and evacuation procedures in responding to unexpected crises.

“It is imperative that all agencies and government leaders work together to make sure the people who count on this rail line are safe.”

Representative Tom O’Dea, ranking member on the committee commented, “Last night’s accident on the Metro-North line is a terrible tragedy. Our prayers and condolences go out to all of the victims and their families. There is much we do not know about the cause at this point, and it is important to allow the National Transportation Safety Board and other authorities to properly conduct their investigation before rendering any judgment. We are hopeful that the results of the investigation will give us greater detail that can help us prevent such a terrible tragedy from occurring again. Safety on our public railways is our paramount concern.”