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One dead after train, car collide in Redding

Updated 11:45 pm, Sunday, December 30, 2012

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  • First responders attend the scene where a car was hit by a train near the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Long Ridge Road in West Redding Center, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Photo: Michael Duffy
    First responders attend the scene where a car was hit by a train near the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Long Ridge Road in West Redding Center, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Photo: Michael Duffy

 

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REDDING -- One person died and three others were injured Sunday afternoon when a Metro-North work train collided with a car near the West Redding station.

Three people had to be extricated from the vehicle, a gray Subaru Outback with Connecticut plates, while the fourth person was outside the vehicle when West Redding firefighters and emergency personnel arrived about 1:20 p.m.

One person was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Sam Zambuto.

Names of the injured and their conditions weren't available Sunday night, MTA Assistant Police Chief Steve Conner said.

The two crew members on the train, an engineer and a conductor, were unhurt, authorities said. There were no passengers.

The train had left Danbury and was headed south to Norwalk when the accident happened at the Long Ridge Road crossing, about 150 yards from the station.

The train pushed the car, which was traveling south, about 50 yards before it tumbled down an embankment toward Simpaug Turnpike, which was also closed in the vicinity of the accident.

The three-car train and the locomotive stopped about 100 yards past the station.

Conner said police were speaking to witnesses in an attempt to learn whether the warning lights at the ungated crossing were flashing or whether the driver of the vehicle may have disregarded them.

MTA technicians were also examining the signals to see whether they were in working order, he said.

The West Redding station was closed and train service on the Danbury Branch stopped while emergency crews were on the scene.

Metro-North service resumed Sunday evening and rail officials said they expect normal service for Monday's commute.

jpirro@newstimes.com