Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) had a close call with a train on Friday while at a news conference with Milford Mayor Ben Blake about railway safety.

From WGGB/ABC40:

It was a close call at a Friday event for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut.

Ironically, he was holding a press conference about increasing railway safety across the state. That’s when a passing train sped by, just inches away from Blumenthal’s back.

[…] The event was aimed at decreasing safety violations on the railways. Blumenthal says there were 139 violations since 2004. He says per 100 miles of track, Metro-North had five times the number of safety defects than any other commuter railroad in the country.

It was just as Mayor Blake said, “Safety, as you know, is paramount,” when the train whipped by and temporarily disrupted the news conference.

As news reports and other sites reporting on this story have pointed out, that yellow safety line is there for a reason.  It’s a good idea to stand behind it.

Video report from WTNH/News8, via BizPacReview below:

KHON2 News has an even more complete clip, without the news commentary.

[Featured image: KHON2 News video]