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Metro-North Engineers Reportedly Suspended Due To Safety Violations

An Eyewitness News investigation revealed several Metro-North engineers were suspended for repeated safety violations.
An Eyewitness News investigation revealed several Metro-North engineers were suspended for repeated safety violations. Photo Credit: Metro-North Railroad

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Metro-North Railroad suspended several train engineers for repeated safety violations in the 18 months leading up to the fatal derailment in December in the Bronx, N.Y., an investigation by ABC New York found.

Documents obtained by ABC New York via the Freedom of Information Act showed Metro-North suspended 10 engineers for up to 61 days for serious safety violations such as running through red stop signals, the report said.

Ignoring red stop signals is a collision or other disaster waiting to happen, train experts told ABC New York.

The fatal derailment isn't the only problem Metro-North has endured over the last year. Another derailment in Connecticut injured dozens, and a power outage left the New Haven Line crippled for days are among the many problems for the beleaguered commuter rail.

It has also had to contend with multiple incidents of heavy delays and service cutbacks due to severe weather as well as human and mechanical errors.

Click here to read the full report by ABC New York and to watch the video.