FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Two federal lawmakers from Connecticut expressed their condolences for those killed in Tuesday evening's Metro-North accident, but they also called for answers in the fiery crash after the train struck an SUV in a crossing in Valhalla, N.Y.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of tonight's horrific crash on Metro-North and their families during this difficult time," said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).
"Commuters and their families need to be able to rely on safe, timely rail service. As a member of the Rail Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will be raising serious questions with Metro-North and the Federal Railroad Administration on what actions can be taken to prevent this in the future. I've worked closely on rail safety efforts on the committee, and tonight's crash is a glaring indication that more must be done."
Esty is a member of the Rail Subcommittee on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed sorrow over the accident and called for fast answers on the crash's cause.
"I'm impressed and grateful for the immediate response of the emergency personnel, but my heart and my prayers go out to anybody who was injured, and to the families of the fatalities as well," Blumenthal said in a statement. "I've contacted the Federal Railroad Administration and asked for an immediate investigation. I'm deeply troubled and concerned by this latest incident, following others that have been cause for alarm."
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