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CT Train Derailment and Mass Casualty Response

BY SCOTT R. BISSON AND CHRISTOPHER MARTIN On Friday, May 17, 2013, during peak rush hour, an eight-car, electric-drawn commuter train traveling eastbound from New York City suddenly derailed as it passed over the border between Fairfield and Bridgeport, Connecticut. All eight cars derailed, causing significant track damage. As the cars came to a stop, some of the cars crossed over into the westbound tracks. Approximately 20 seconds later, a second eight-car commuter train traveling westbound from New Haven, Connecticut, struck the derailed train. The resulting impact tore open the train cars and caused multiple traumatic injuries to passengers and overhead electrified wires to fall onto t...

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