Passengers Rescued from Cold, Powerless Trains

Service restored Thursday

Thursday, Jan 1, 2009  |  Updated 4:36 PM EDT
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Passengers Rescued from Cold, Powerless Trains

Two commuter trains lost power and heat on New Year's morning.

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About 150 passengers have been rescued from two disabled commuter trains coming from New York that lost heat and electricity in a nearly three-hour ordeal.

A railroad official says the passengers got stranded on the two Metro-North trains between Bridgeport and Stratford stations in Connecticut about 3:40 a.m. Thursday. Service has been suspended.

Metro-North spokesman Dan Brucker says several thousand feet of overhead wires that send power to the trains became entangled and torn, cutting off power.

He says passengers were safely helped to a rescue train by about 6:25 a.m. by emergency personnel. The rescue operation was delayed because of the need to lift wires from the tracks and secure other safety hazards.

Brucker says the wires could have been damaged by cold weather and wind.

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