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MNRR: Westport Help Not Needed for Stranded Train

Assistance from Westport emergency personnel was not needed Wednesday night when a Metro-North train with 200 passengers became stranded without heat in 8-degree weather near Green’s Farms station, a Metro-North spokeswoman said today.

“We had Metro-North police and other personnel on the scene and they (the passengers) were well attended to,” said Marjorie Anders, the railroad spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Toni Boucher, whose district includes Westport, today renewed her call for an oversight board to monitor Metro-North procedures.

“I am grateful that no one was seriously injured in this latest incident on the rails however, this Metro-North maintenance issue doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” she said in a statement. “A downed wire due to weather is one thing, but then a mechanical switch problem on top of it is disconcerting.”

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