Commuters on Monday grappled with the inconvenience of their morning ritual after a deadly train collision in Connecticut last week, but the traffic nightmare that some had predicted did not materialize.
Special shuttle buses and telecommuting took some of the edge off the expected traffic snarls in the commute from Connecticut through Westchester County to New York City -- a situation that is likely to continue through much of the week as the cleanup of damage from Friday’s collision continues.
At least 72 people were injured in Friday's accident, which is being investigated by state and federal authorities.
A commuter train heading east from Grand Central Terminal in New York to New Haven derailed outside Bridgeport and then was hit by a train going west from New Haven. Roughly 2,000 feet of track were severely damaged, along with wires, traffic signals and some of the train cars. About 700 people were on board when the trains collided.
The highways, including Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway, were more clogged on Monday morning. The trip between Bridgeport and Stamford, both in Connecticut, took about an hour, more than twice the usual 25 minutes.