NEW YORK — The conductor of a train involved in a derailment and crash outside New York City last week noticed an "unusual condition" on the track before the cars went off the rails, and the area where the wreck occurred had recently undergone repairs, investigators said Friday.
The May 17 crash involving two Metro-North Railroad trains outside the Fairfield, Conn., station injured scores of passengers, several of them critically, and disrupted rail traffic along the northeast corridor for several days. Three people remain hospitalized.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which is looking for the cause of the crash, said in a statement that it had completed its initial on-scene investigation, which involved collecting photographs, video, reports, records and other data as well as interviewing witnesses and Metro-North employees.
Maintenance reports show that the area where the initial derailment occurred had undergone repairs in April. At that time, a "joint bar," which is used to join rail sections together, was cracked, and Metro-North personnel repaired it, the NTSB said.